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Cuts cast doubt on asteroid plan

Posted on Sunday, 28 March, 2010 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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Plans to determine the trajectory of an asteroid that might hit Earth in 2036 may be foiled by funding cuts.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico could be used to more accurately predict whether the asteroid Apophis will hit our planet but another two to three million dollars will be needed to fund the observations required.

"Plans to more precisely plot the orbit of an asteroid with a small chance of hitting Earth in 2036 may be badly hit by funding cuts to a US radar facility."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Ashiene on 29 March, 2010, 1:17
I welcome our asteroid friend. Please visit Earth soon.
Comment icon #11 Posted by danielost on 29 March, 2010, 2:28
Alright, 2012 Apophis will clearly miss the earth. 2036, not likely, but in line at least with geosynchronous satellites, what about 2061? Will it pass the other side of the earth, slam into it, or is it too early to tell? probable to late for 2012, but we could put a mining ship up and mine those other two out of existance. although the nature people should be happy if we get hit since it is a normal part of nature.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Paracelse on 29 March, 2010, 5:38
probable to late for 2012, but we could put a mining ship up and mine those other two out of existance. although the nature people should be happy if we get hit since it is a normal part of nature. I knew of tree huger but asteroid huger is new to me... :blink: how do they do that???
Comment icon #13 Posted by GlassButterfly on 29 March, 2010, 5:48
If the asteroid might hit the Earth in 2036 you'd figure that somebody would scrape up $2 to $3 million from somewhere. How dumb - anything to save a buck.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DONTEATUS on 30 March, 2010, 22:59
I`LL BE THERE ! COOKING B.B.Q AND PASSING OUT THE DRINKS WITH BADESKOV! Its nothing to worry about We Are safe from all Space junk and asteroids ! Its the Rock hard Brain damaged Politicians here on Earth That worry me the Most ! But It wouldnt hurt to Have A better set of Actual Counter measures ready to Go! Actually Built and Ready to Go ! Stuff!
Comment icon #15 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 31 March, 2010, 0:10
These are good ideas for sure but there is no telling if any of these ideas would work. How do we know a spacecraft flying into an asteroid from the opposite direction wouldn't just break up the asteroid into many smaller asteroids rather than push it away? What are we going to do then if instead of 1 asteroid we have 8 asteroids to worry about? Mine bolded in the quote, They would not fly the spacecraft into the asteroid but rather they would come up next to it (heres and exaple of the tractor method) In the tractor method the craft would simply pull up next to the asteroid and then just get ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Darkwind on 31 March, 2010, 0:43
Haven't the Russians sent something out to move this asteroid?
Comment icon #17 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 31 March, 2010, 0:56
Haven't the Russians sent something out to move this asteroid? Scratches head,, I have not read anything of this Darkwind but I guess its possible I missed it somehow along the way, What have you read about it?? Regards; TFF
Comment icon #18 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 31 March, 2010, 1:19
I just now happned across this article on one possible way to move an asteroid off course, Say No To Mass Extinction You may have heard that there is an 86 per cent chance that in a mere million years or so Gliese 710 will drift close enough to the solar system to perturb the Oort cloud and perhaps send a rain of comets down into the inner solar system. Also, you have probably heard that there are hints of a certain periodicity in mass extinction events, perhaps linked to the solar system moving through the denser parts of the galactic disk, increasing the probability of similar close encounte... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by psyche101 on 31 March, 2010, 5:13
probable to late for 2012, but we could put a mining ship up and mine those other two out of existance. although the nature people should be happy if we get hit since it is a normal part of nature. I would say to them that it is also natural to evolve into an intelligent life form that is capable of redirecting an asteroid. That's a biggie for nature IMO. I miscalculated somewhat, it is due back in 2068, and apparently the odds of it hitting the earth are 3 in one million. Odds in 2036 are 1 in 250,000 so I am guessing it must be going to go the far side, and then we should be OK from that one... [More]

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