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If this were to come our way, what could be done with today's technology in a practical sense to avoid a global catastrophe?

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We can either send dome asteroid seeking nuclear device at it or die. We don't have the technology today to escape with our hides.
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We could maybe transport a biodome-like structure and *some* people to Mars or the Moon, but this would take a lot of cooperation and money. It won't happen.
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Put Steve Jobs' ego in front of it: Impenetrable and enormous.
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Why does it have to take so long, can't we speed the collision up some how?
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[quote]Originally posted by Samantha Joanne Ollendale:
[QB]If this were to come our way, what could be done with today's technology in a practical sense to avoid a global catastrophe?[QB]<hr></blockquote>

We're working on it...

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What? I only have 14 more years to live? <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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[quote]What? I only have 14 more years to live?<hr></blockquote>

If you plan on killing yourself 3 years before the asteroid hits, yeah.

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[quote]If you plan on killing yourself 3 years before the asteroid hits, yeah. <hr></blockquote> It's in 16 years and a few months, get your math right.
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One idea is to send a few dozen nuclear rockets with smart tracking devices to have them explode on the side of the asteroid to ever so slightly deviate it maybe a degree off course so it misses Earth.

Another option is to have a robot land on the surface and drill a hole a third way to the center at an angle and deliver a nuclear device near the core but not quite in the center. that should cause it to spin very fast and hopefully break the whole thing apart flinging the parts in all directions away from earth.
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We COULD put HUGE rockets on either side of the Earth and move the planet till the asteroid passes, then move it back afterwards.

Or we could collect all the garbage in the world, compress it then blast it at the asteroid to send it back the way it came and clean up the planet at the same time.

Failing that we could always use the Earth's entire nuclear arsenal to blow the sh!t out of it. If anything it would give all those trigger happy nations something to aim at rather than each other. See? this could be a blessing disguised as a HUGE rock. So long as they don't make a fr!!gin movie about it, oh wait, never mind.
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I could light one of my farts...

Nah, that probably wouldn't work, but I could light one anyway.

Actually this just got me thinking something really stupid.
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post #13 of 55
aaaa, ferget it.

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How deep do I have to dig my secret tunnels to avoid this asteroid? I keep forgetting. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
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post #15 of 55
OH, you won't avoid it that way. Here's a hint: don't go down, go UP.
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This is a job for the Ambiguously Gay Duo.
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You have 16 years and 7 months left to lose your virginity

[quote]October 2018 Status Report

<strong>We have finally decided on the location for the meeting for the committee that will determine the budget proposal for the committee to plan the catering for the blue-ribbon commission for the removal of the asteroid threat. </strong><hr></blockquote>

It should also be noted that while the articles about this was originally saying that is the first asteroid to receive a postive number on the <a href="http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/doc/palermo.html" target="_blank">Palermo Scale</a>, it has since been downgraded to -0.14 on the scale. ( <a href="http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/2002nt7.html" target="_blank">http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/2002nt7.html</a> )

I wouldn't worry, more data is still needed to calculate the asteroid's orbit, so for now there is still a huge margin of error. It just might hit Earth at this point. A good quote from that article is, "The error in our knowledge of where NT7 will be on 1 February 2019 is large, several tens of millions of kms,"

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post #18 of 55
Wow, pretty wild stuff! You know, they should make a movie about this. I'm surprised no one's thought of it yet.

Oh, wait...
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Maybe "God Himself" needs to move the asteroid out of the way. Here, let me summon up my magical powers of prayer to ask for that, and everything will be fine. While we wait, though, let's all read the Bible.

&lt;/sarcasm in response to various discussions in Fireside Chat&gt;

If that sucker stays on course, call me in about...2012 --
wait! Judgement day will have already occured and I'll be in heaven then! My bad.

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post #20 of 55
Sweet.



Surfs up, dude!
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[quote]Originally posted by Brad:
<strong>Sweet.



Surfs up, dude!</strong><hr></blockquote>

Hey, an asteroid of these size will destroy entirely the earth. :eek:
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Actually guys, this leads to one of those cool questions:

What EXACTLY would you do if - just for the sake of argument/drama - we knew an asteroid was going to hit in, say, 16 days and life as we know it is over?

Just over two weeks.

What would you do? Seriously?
post #23 of 55
asteroid shasteroid in 2019 we'll have Apple g8s!!!!
this is depressing...I really hope that we can do something about this...cause if not....that would be bad.
but at the same time its probably just going to veer off course or run into mars like all hte otehr asteroids
well....I'm sure by 2019 I will have accomplished most of my goals....and will be a multi billionaire so I can just send myself(along with my trusted right hand men and my legions of sexy females) to the moon where we will inbreed cause of lack of better planning
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[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>Actually guys, this leads to one of those cool questions:

What EXACTLY would you do if - just for the sake of argument/drama - we knew an asteroid was going to hit in, say, 16 days and life as we know it is over?

Just over two weeks.

What would you do? Seriously?</strong><hr></blockquote>

cry.

then travel to the homes of various girls I've left hanging....then I'd probably play alot of bass and go hiking.
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[quote]Originally posted by Powerdoc:
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Hey, an asteroid of these size will destroy entirely the earth. :eek: </strong><hr></blockquote>


international relations at their best

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post #26 of 55
Yea... ehehe

But if Microsoft keeps on giving new releases wvery 2 years ... and seen how they have developed <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> xp <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> do you really think we have to wait till 2019??

An other point.. i will in a couple of years be 30 and generally i don't see a lot of life over 30...

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[quote]Originally posted by Mulattabianca:
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An other point.. i will in a couple of years be 30 and generally i don't see a lot of life over 30...

<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

post #28 of 55
First of all, the asteroid is only big enough to affect a continent. It's about 2km in diameter and travelling at 57km/s if I recall correctly. And from the orbit shown in the diagrams that NASA has published this asteroid will be awfully close to hitting Venus on a few occasions between now and then. The orbit of this asteroid also is very close to earth orbit, so if it doesn't hit in 2019, might it hit at another point in the future, though?
post #29 of 55
Man, NASA has problems hitting PLANETS right now. I wouldn't put much stock in them doing anything to an asteroid in the near future.

If I had 16 days to live? Work my ass of to finish Baldur's Gate!

Seriously, it's hard to say.
Quit the job I hate, obviously.
Tell a girl I broke up with 11 years ago that I've always regretted it and have never been as happy since.
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Play a lot of basketball.
Dang, I can't think of any grandiose adventure I want to go on. I guess I'd try to appreciate the little things as much as I could.

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post #30 of 55
What about sending a drill team from the nordic sea to the asteroid!
post #31 of 55
HOw about making a boring overcommercial super- Hollywood movie about the asteroid?

Like those dozens of films in the 80s.. where a white, 10 years old kid (male!!) of the USA .. and something like amiga or commodore 64 were enough to save the whole planet??


I was kid but all those movies were too ridiculous...

Now as a back to 80s theme.. a good parody of those films would probably sell <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> a looot <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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post #32 of 55
the first couple movie referrences were kinda amusing, but the last dozen or so are getting quite annoying...
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post #33 of 55
[quote]Originally posted by Mulattabianca:
<strong>(...) An other point.. i will in a couple of years be 30 and generally i don't see a lot of life over 30...

<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

i thought so, too!
but now i'm 33 and i'm still living.
it is a very odd feeling - but you get used to it.


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no. english is not my native language.
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post #34 of 55
i'm 33 too... don't know if I have a life between my work and AppleInsider
but if we have only 16 days left, I will go in a place with my little girl, my wife, the beach, the sun and of course the last Apple Thing with a broadband connection to the net
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post #35 of 55
Take all my money out of my 401k, mfunds, etc. and use it to buy: a second fridge; loads of expensive wine, meats, cheeses, breads and confectionaries; a slip-n-slide; one more really good book; 14 new CDs; plane tickets for my best friend and his woman; and two big-ass shotguns with plenty of ammo.

Then I'd follow this regimen:

1. WAKE, SHOWER, DRESS, GREET FRIENDS
2. READ A CHAPTER
3. EAT LIKE ROYALTY WHILE LISTENING TO NEW CD
4. SHOOT A LOOTER IN THE ASS
5. MAKE LOVE TO WOMAN
6. EAT LIKE ROYALTY SOME MORE
7. EVERYONE GETS NEKKID AND SLIP-N-SLIDES ACROSS THE LAWN
8. PLAY CROQUET WITH NOTHING BUT A PAIR OF SANDALS ON
9. GO INSIDE AND GET MORE LOVIN
10. EAT LIKE ROYALTY AGAIN
11. POOP, SHOWER, SLEEP FOR A FEW HOURS
12. REPEAT AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE
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post #36 of 55
Brothers! The End is Nigh.

Oh that oor wordly leaders had but familiarised themsels wi' the maist eloquent spinechillers fae the pen o' the supremely erstwhile Montague R James. As in the story whaur the unfortunately inquistive professor finds the ancient whistle and blows it (Quis est iste qui venit) we too hae surely summoned oor ain destruction from infinite distance by oor own curiosity. Dig too deep; search too far; pry intae too mony dark corners and the thing that we fear maist will surely leap oot and blooter oor coupons. By searching for dangerous asteroids we hae surely stirred some cosmotic principle set in place tae deter the overly curious and brought aboot the very circumstances which we had hoped tae avoid. Leave well alone!
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[quote]Originally posted by Sir Mac o' the Isles:
<strong>Brothers! The End is Nigh.

Oh that oor wordly leaders had but familiarised themsels wi' the maist eloquent spinechillers fae the pen o' the supremely erstwhile Montague R James. As in the story whaur the unfortunately inquistive professor finds the ancient whistle and blows it (Quis est iste qui venit) we too hae surely summoned oor ain destruction from infinite distance by oor own curiosity. Dig too deep; search too far; pry intae too mony dark corners and the thing that we fear maist will surely leap oot and blooter oor coupons. By searching for dangerous asteroids we hae surely stirred some cosmotic principle set in place tae deter the overly curious and brought aboot the very circumstances which we had hoped tae avoid. Leave well alone!</strong><hr></blockquote>
In short : the best way to make suceed prophety is to try to avoid them
post #38 of 55
By the way, I was less-than-half-serious with my exhaustive list above. I have no idea what I would do - probably gather family and friends as best I could and make the best of it...but you have to admit my other plan has its merits.



Don't worry SMOTI, just because we fear it doesn't mean it'll happen. It'll happen regardless; sometimes statistics don't lie! We're toast - just a question of when. Would you like some rasberry jam with that?
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post #39 of 55
people, its only 2 km wide. if, and the odds are something like 1 in 250,000, it does happen to hit earth, the odds that it would hit a land mass are 1 in 3. and even then, the odds that it would hit any of you in particular, are even smaller. being only 2 km, the most it would do is mess up a continent. it wouldnt destroy the earth. so stop talking like the worlds gonna end. at the worst, it would destroy a couple countries, and the spot it will hit will be known beforehand w/ enuff time to move away.
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post #40 of 55
OMG. Are you serious? JUST mess up a continent? Like the asteroid that hit the Yucatan and wiped out the dinosaurs? An asteroid of this size would put us in an ice age that would last thousands of years. Few humans would survive. Most life on Earth would die.
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