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Russia set to deflect killer asteroid

Posted on Thursday, 31 December, 2009 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: behaviour???


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Russia is planning to send a spacecraft to deflect a 270m asteroid that is thought to be on a possible collision course with Earth. Other world space agencies have been invited to participate in the project if it gets the go-ahead.

"Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth, the head of the country's space agency said Wednesday."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 1 January, 2010, 22:03
and some of ya crazy americans don't even like russia and they're still trying to save the planet Of course us crazy americans like Russia, The cold war is long over now and there are many joint efforts in space exploration but this mission is not nessesarily a needed mission so more power to them, I think they are doing this as a practice mission just in case of future dangers, The USA is also working out plans to deflect an asteroid but at this time I think its wraped up in red tape (funding) but we will be advanced enough to do the job of saving our lives and planet earth,
Comment icon #16 Posted by MysteryVy on 1 January, 2010, 22:09
somewhere in russia someone is seeing this as an opportune moment to destroy America...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Dr Alien on 1 January, 2010, 22:12
Of course us crazy americans like Russia oh yes i forgot the average americans i mean't
Comment icon #18 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 1 January, 2010, 22:15
oh yes i forgot the average americans i mean't
Comment icon #19 Posted by DONTEATUS on 1 January, 2010, 23:45
I can see it Now A Target contest to See If the Russians ,or for that matter any other country Can Get a ICBM to Hit the Spot? Didnt we Go thru this 40 yrs ago?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 January, 2010, 0:20
People, I think you will find that the topic being discussed here is about the Russians planning to deflect an asteroid, NOT small minded prejudices and national stereotypes. If some of the non-Americans could cut out the anti-USA rubbish and some of the Americans could cut out the anti-Russian rubbish we might manage to achieve three things here: The thread might get back on topic. The intellectual level of the conversation might rise. The moderators might not have to intervene at some future point. Thank you.
Comment icon #21 Posted by danielost on 2 January, 2010, 0:56
i will repeat my question before we got derailed. since deflecting any astroid has a chance of putting it on a course to hit the earth rather than missing. shouldn't such an indever be an international effert.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 January, 2010, 1:33
since deflecting any astroid has a chance of putting it on a course to hit the earth rather than missing. shouldn't such an indever be an international effert. As has been pointed out, the chances of this are absolutely minuscule. The risks are small and the benefits are many. Why would the risks be reduced if it was an international effort? If the Russian's are prepared to pay for such a mission then why not let them. If other nations which to join in then I'm sure the Russians would welcome their participation. Most major space missions are to some extent international affairs these days.
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost on 2 January, 2010, 2:11
As has been pointed out, the chances of this are absolutely minuscule. The risks are small and the benefits are many. Why would the risks be reduced if it was an international effort? If the Russian's are prepared to pay for such a mission then why not let them. If other nations which to join in then I'm sure the Russians would welcome their participation. Most major space missions are to some extent international affairs these days. something is supposed to destroy 2/3rds of the planet and i don't think it is going to be a nuke war.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 January, 2010, 10:47
something is supposed to destroy 2/3rds of the planet and i don't think it is going to be a nuke war. Says who? Are you trying to say that this should be an international mission simply because you believe in a daft prophecy? If so your logic escapes me totally.


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