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Scientists Propose Vaporizing Asteroids

Posted February 16, 2013 4:47 PM

From CNet News:

The sky is totally falling.

As if it weren't enough that a meteor boomed across the Russian sky today, shattering windows and injuring about 1,000 people, an asteroid 150 feet across is about to sideswipe our planet.

Asteroid 2012 DA14, while unrelated to the meteor, is just as scary. It will graze us at just 17,200 miles from the surface, passing between Earth and our geosynchronous weather and communications satellites.

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02/16/2013 9:39 PM

Cool. Hadn't played that game in years.

/But still lousy at it.

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02/16/2013 9:30 PM

Sideswiping the planet and missing it by 17,000+ miles aren't even in the same ballpark. If they were, then my car is 'sideswiped' several hundred times each and every day as I drive to town. What sh*t-for-brains wrote this piece? Can we dispense with the hyperbole already and just report things accurately for once? That's not asking too much, is it?

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02/18/2013 11:39 AM

"Sideswiping the planet and missing it by 17,000+ miles aren't even in the same ballpark."

Think again. 1 AU = 1.5 X 10^8 kilometers

That asteroid came within 2.8 X 10^4 kilometers

Even the Moon is 3.8 X 10^5 kilometers, more than 10 times the distance away.

If you are on a 6 lane highway, all the way in the right lane and a Chevy "Sun"fire passes you the other way in the opposite direction (about 50 feet), let that be the equivalent of 1 AU.

After that, some car with a "Moon" roof passes you on the left with 3.7 feet between your cars.

Now, a Chevy Astro is overtaking you in the next lane at a crazy high speed and passes you and his vehicle is just under 1/8" from your door - about the thickness of two quarters.

I'll bet that would get your attention!

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02/18/2013 2:27 PM

Ever driven in Boston, say, on Beacon Street? 1 mm @ 100 kph: no problemo.

Squeamish country boy. Where's your sense of adventure!?

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02/17/2013 10:08 AM

Even if Earth is partially destroyed by an asteroid, it would still be a better place than any spacecraft or planet that can be reached within many generations.

There is no climate on earth that is as bad as Mars' or the Moon. So, if asteroids keep you awake at night, spend the money on developing shelters on Earth.

Lets start by taking care of Earth before thinking about an alternative. There aren't any.

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02/18/2013 4:45 AM

That little poster is about as tongue-in-cheek as they get.

What, did aliens come in the night and abduct your sense of humour? Funny, I've always heard that was supposed to be a malaise that afflicts them wot live Down South. Asteroids don't keep me awake at night. It's them Canadians ya gotta watch out for.

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02/18/2013 8:19 AM

You bet! We are working out our plan to conquer the galaxy!

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02/17/2013 12:57 PM

Where's Bruce Willis when you need him?

Seriuosly, these things should be a wake up call to all those worrying micro managing nannys that there are things that are beyond our grasp to control. While I'm not espousing "Peace love and mungbeans" I am suggesting that we back off on the crushing of humanity a little bit.

The reason the meteor struck the Urals instead of Utah is obvious. Chuck Norris.

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02/18/2013 5:10 AM

And Chuck wasn't even home. He's that Bad.

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02/17/2013 9:29 PM

Finally we can use the frikkin L.A.S.E.R

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02/17/2013 10:34 PM

Scientists Propose Vaporizing Asteroids ...

... But it will be the engineers to propose a solution!

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02/17/2013 11:16 PM

I've got it!

We could just get congress to blow smoke up the a$$ of the asteroid, like they do us,and it would surly self-destruct.

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02/18/2013 2:03 AM

If the smoke in the congress blows upwards it self-destructs?

Is that an engineering solution?

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02/18/2013 11:41 AM

I think we could just send all of Washington up to the asteroid.

Since they can't balance a budget, the imbalance would surely knock the asteroid out of orbit, too.

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02/18/2013 5:05 AM

Are those scientists still rabbiting on about vaporizing asteroids?

No no no. Just divert 'em to Russia.

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