Asteroid on its way?

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<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2147879.stm"; target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2147879.stm</a>;



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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  • Reply 1 of 55
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    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.
  • Reply 2 of 55
    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    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.
  • Reply 3 of 55
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Put Steve Jobs' ego in front of it: Impenetrable and enormous.
  • Reply 4 of 55
    Why does it have to take so long, can't we speed the collision up some how?
  • Reply 5 of 55
    artman @_@artman @_@ Posts: 2,546member
    [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...



  • Reply 6 of 55
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,114member
    What? I only have 14 more years to live? <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
  • Reply 7 of 55
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    [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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  • Reply 8 of 55
    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    [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.
  • Reply 9 of 55
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    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.
  • Reply 10 of 55
    vargasvargas Posts: 426member
    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.
  • Reply 11 of 55
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    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.
  • Reply 12 of 55
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    aaaa, ferget it.



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  • Reply 13 of 55
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    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]" />
  • Reply 14 of 55
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    OH, you won't avoid it that way. Here's a hint: don't go down, go UP.
  • Reply 15 of 55
    This is a job for the Ambiguously Gay Duo.
  • Reply 16 of 55
    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,"



    [ 07-25-2002: Message edited by: M3D Jack ]

    damn grammatical errors



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  • Reply 17 of 55
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    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...
  • Reply 18 of 55
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    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.



    &lt;/EVEN MORE sarcasm in response to various discussions in Fireside Chat&gt;
  • Reply 19 of 55
    Sweet.







    Surfs up, dude!
  • Reply 20 of 55
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,122member
    [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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