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Post by PiEdude on Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:59 am

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38434537/ns/technology_and_science-space/

Now, before Vigil goes to town with this one, I suggest two options:

1. Blow it up real good right now.

2. Wait until 2182, and then ferry it to the Charon Relay, where it can be safely launched to somewhere else in space.
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vigil on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:03 am

My Solution


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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vtrooper on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:07 am

thats 172 years from now, not our problem, our children and grand childrens problem, and mostlikly by then we'll have planetary defences and what not
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Ruski on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:07 am

Mij Gilamar wrote:thats 172 years from now, not our problem, our children and grand childrens problem, and mostlikly by then we'll have planetary defences and what not

Putting the problem off is always a good idea Rolling Eyes
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Nocbl2 on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:31 am

Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vtrooper on Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:12 am

we should worry more about this
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Angatar on Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:33 am

I don't remember any news of an asteroid striking Earth in Mass Effect, so we'll be fine.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vigil on Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:47 am

Bringing down the sky ring a bell?

Though that was going to hit Terra Nova, not Earth.

Ironically around the same time as this asteroid too.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Carlos Spicyweiner on Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:02 pm

1. Game over man! 2. We need to do something about this.
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by KrAzY on Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:07 pm

Lets fire an equally sized asteroid at it made out of pieces of the moon and duct tape
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Lord Pheonix on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:03 pm

Lets all not pretend like any of us actually have a say in it as not a single one of us are over 25?

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Cheese on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:07 pm

That's weird, in the UK 18 is the age at which you get the right to vote on matters involving asteroids, comets, meteors and all things spacey.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by CivBase on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:16 pm

We already have enough nukes to blow the earth up several times, and nukes aren't even our most powerful weapon anymore. Just get some weapons that work in space and launch em and the thing. If we can't figure out how to do that in the next 172 years, we deserve to be blown up.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by RX on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:37 pm

Wait, nukes aren't the most powerful anymore?
What's the stronger thing?
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Divine Virus on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:47 pm

RX wrote:Wait, nukes aren't the most powerful anymore?
What's the stronger thing?
My fists.

Or, DISEASE SPREADING EPIDEMIC!

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by PiEdude on Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:58 pm

RX wrote:Wait, nukes aren't the most powerful anymore?
What's the stronger thing?

What do you think?

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by KrAzY on Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:26 pm

nukes are powerful, but the problem with a nuke in space is that there is no atmosphere for a shock wave... it has lots of heat and radiation... but there would be no pressure wave in space to push the asteroid in a different direction
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vigil on Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:31 pm

What about a missle? Your still hitting it with kinetic energy, which would be transfered to the asteroid, and as there is no friction or resistance in space, you could change its momentum pretty easily.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by KrAzY on Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:49 pm

thats what I believe would be best... attack a rocket array to the side... if you deflect it by an inch you will have changed its trajectory by millions of miles by the time it would have hit earth
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vtrooper on Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:58 pm

How do they think it will hit anyway? How do they know it wont hit other space junk that will deflect it? how do they know the earth WILL be in it cross hairs... i should ask that girl in my class who goes to space camp...
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Angatar on Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:00 pm

Because it would have to be a pretty big chunk of space rock to move it, and asteroid are the only thing that might do that naturally. The asteroid belt doesn't have the huge asteroid depicted in movies, it's more like sand and small pebbles than mile wide chunks of rock.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:43 pm

The solution: Pea Gravel.

When we have a functioning Moon Base, we build a 1000mm supergun and load it with rocket-assisted canisters of pea gravel. These canisters explode on proximity to the target, showering the asteroid in a fine spray of high-velocity pea gravel. This should be enough to either wear it down or push it out of the way of Earth, given enough shots.
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by KrAzY on Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:52 pm

Angatar wrote:Because it would have to be a pretty big chunk of space rock to move it, and asteroid are the only thing that might do that naturally. The asteroid belt doesn't have the huge asteroid depicted in movies, it's more like sand and small pebbles than mile wide chunks of rock.


actually the asteroid belt has a large amount of earth killers in it by itself.


but as Douglas Adams put it... Space is big... so it is unlikely of anything sizeable crossing paths with anything that was coming toward our plant
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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Lord Pheonix on Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:02 pm

Earths been around for a few billion years along with all the other planets in the solar system.


None have been "destroyed" (in complete format) so far, doubt it'll happen in the next 200 years.

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Re: Asteroid Could Hit Earth in 2182

Post by Vigil on Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:06 pm

Mars probably had the worse deal. It probably used to sustain life.

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