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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #1 on: 03/06/2007 12:56 AM »
I doubt that such an impact would happen, but think about what kind of technological feat would be accomplished if something like this were to be done.  It'd be like some kind of Sci-Fi movie!
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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #2 on: 03/06/2007 04:30 PM »
Andrew, are you saying that you doubt that this particular asteroid will impact or are you saying that you doubt any such impact will happen from any asteroid?

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #3 on: 03/06/2007 10:17 PM »
I doubt that this impact will occur.  I also doubt that there is any impact in the near future.  But I don't doubt that an asteroid will hit one day.
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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #4 on: 03/06/2007 11:55 PM »
Rusty went before the United Nations a week or so ago, but they were busy with other things.
The B612 Society can't convince anyone to allocate $300M for an instrument package landing mission.
The amount of knowledge to be gained is incredible, but no one's listening...tick, tick, tick.

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #5 on: 03/07/2007 12:27 AM »
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spaceflight101 - 6/3/2007  7:55 PM

tick, tick, tick.

I'd hate for there to be a day when we'd say "told you so".
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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #6 on: 03/07/2007 12:27 AM »
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Andrewwski - 6/3/2007  11:17 PM

I doubt that this impact will occur.  I also doubt that there is any impact in the near future.  But I don't doubt that an asteroid will hit one day.

And I can imagine certain big wigs saying that right up to the moment the piece of rock makes a REALLY nice crater somewhere on the planet.

One day could be today.

Edit to add Andrewwski beat me to it!  :cool:

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #7 on: 03/07/2007 12:28 AM »
Yes, and I'm all for putting money towards researching this.  The sooner we start the safer we are.
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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #8 on: 03/07/2007 12:28 PM »
The probability of Apophis impacting is sufficiently low that there is little interest in doing anything about it. If Dawn is successful, though, the B612 argument might get more clout from the science community...

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #9 on: 03/07/2007 01:04 PM »
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The probability of Apophis impacting is sufficiently low that there is little interest in doing anything about it. If Dawn is successful, though, the B612 argument might get more clout from the science community...

Simon ;)

We will not really know if we will win this lottery until we better define it's orbit. The Die will be cast 'if' it goes through the keyhole in 2029. I vote for taking some sport out of the odds.

You know it would be the perfect opportunity for either the Chinese or Indian space programs to prove how mature they are by tagging the sucker. Everyone assumes that it is NASA that has to do something. Fair enough, but ESA or Russia could also tag the sucker if they felt it was worth the money.
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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #10 on: 03/07/2007 01:09 PM »
I'm surprised no agency has a plan to put a probe on it. Would be a good chance to get some close up imagery and drop some laser reflectors on it or something.

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #11 on: 03/07/2007 05:19 PM »
lol after 'it' hits, we can watch and  listen to all the politicos pointing fingers about who dropped the ball.

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #12 on: 03/07/2007 05:30 PM »
...and the anti-space crowd looking really dumb

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #13 on: 03/07/2007 06:51 PM »
Nah, it would be NASA's fault be cause america is a corrupt country. The anti space crowd will look really smart because they have been complaining about what is wrong with NASA and the US for years. Now look what happened.

This despite no space faring country ever bothered to track it with a 30 year head start!!!

Not the US
Not Japan
Not Russia
Not China
Not India
Not the Euro's
Nor Isreal, Brazil, N.K., or Iran ... though it is question able if those four could tag the sucker.
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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #14 on: 03/07/2007 09:20 PM »
Oct 30 2041 is the date to watch, but I highly doubt I'll still be around for that one.
That one will pass only 3500 miles up, that is less than two Earth radii.
The margin of error on that one makes an impact possible.
I think that one is the reason behind NASA's interest in a NEO object mission with Orion-Ares, possibly even before a Moon mission.

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #15 on: 03/07/2007 09:48 PM »
what is the size of that one ?

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #16 on: 03/08/2007 05:41 PM »
NASA Can't Afford Hunt for Killer Asteroids


http://www.space.com/news/ap_070306_nasa_asteroidhunt.html


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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #17 on: 03/13/2007 03:57 PM »
http://blog.sciam.com/index.php?title=when_the_sky_falls_where_will_nasa_be&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Best comment I've seen this week: "It is a sad day when our premier agency of exploration shows less imagination and foresight than an elected government official."

but it does go on to say "Sad to say, it is easier to find Superdome-size rocks in the inky blackness of space than it is to find funding in the red-ink abyss of a government budget that always seems to have enough funding, or at least debt service, for wars of choice and bridges to nowhere, whereas NASA's budget seems to be frozen year after year."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/08/AR2007030802019.html

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Re: Scientists watching asteroid headed our way
« Reply #18 on: 03/13/2007 04:35 PM »
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spaceflight101 - 6/3/2007  6:55 PM

Rusty went before the United Nations a week or so ago, but they were busy with other things.
The B612 Society can't convince anyone to allocate $300M for an instrument package landing mission.
The amount of knowledge to be gained is incredible, but no one's listening...tick, tick, tick.

That is because a mission can be done for a fraction of that cost.


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