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12-31-2009   #1 (permalink)
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MOSCOW Russian scientists will soon meet in secret to work on a plan for saving Earth from a possible catastrophic collision with a giant asteroid in 26 years, the head of Russia's space agency said Wednesday.

"We will soon hold a closed meeting of our collegium, the science-technical council to look at what can be done" to prevent the asteroid Apophis from slamming into the planet in 2036, Anatoly Perminov told Voice of Russia radio.

"We are talking about people's lives," Perminov was quoted by news agencies as telling the radio station.

"Better to spend a few hundred million dollars to create a system for preventing a collision than to wait until it happens and hundreds of thousands of people are killed," he said.

The Apophis asteroid measures approximately 350 metres (1,150 feet) in diameter and RIA Novosti news agency said that if it were to hit Earth when it passes nearby in 2036 it would create a new desert the size of France.
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Doesn't seem so secret now.
 
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Doesn't seem so secret now.
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'We will soon hold a closed meeting ...'
Wonder if we will do anything about it. (and only 100M? d=

@above, Japan's already on the case.
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"There won't be any nuclear explosions," Perminov said. "Everything will be done according to the laws of physics. We will examine all of this."
Lolwat? Oh, right, law 32 section 1.2.02a says, "Thou shalt not use nukes on asteroids."
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Lolwat? Oh, right, law 32 section 1.2.02a says, "Thou shalt not use nukes on asteroids."
I think using nukes in general has a bad reputation so they want to have their "Save the Earth" plan to be untainted so that they can look like big time heroes.

I read about this thing. Apparently Apophis is coming to within the vicinity of Earth in about 19 and 26 or so years. Didn't McGyver and friends already beat him multiple times and send him packin' to the after-life?

I wonder how many people got that.

Anyway, it's supposed to have a 1 in 250,000 chance of hitting Earth. I think it's always important to plan ahead though and come up with something instead of waiting until you're sure it's gonna hit ya. I just don't think we'll need it for this one. But good to have the plan in place and ready just in case there is one that comes later that WILL hit us.
 
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Anyway, it's supposed to have a 1 in 250,000 chance of hitting Earth
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Take over countries that are guaranteed not to be hit.

Solution found.
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who needs that when the world ends at 2012...
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Take over countries that are guaranteed not to be hit.

Solution found.
A large asteroid impacting the earth is supposed to have effects like causing earthquakes and large waves( depends on whether it hit the ocean or not) as well as possibly kicking up a ton of dust that blocks out the sun for a long time killing all plant life and making life on Earth very, very difficult if not impossible. Temperatures are supposed to get very cold since the sun's rays and heat cannot penetrate the dust cloud. And other scary stuff happens that leads to the demise of civilization as we know it.

Or at least that was the doomsday scenario for "Death by Asteroid" last time I checked.

Hence, the "Save the Earth" solution>>>>>>>>>> "Just avoid the impact zone" solution
 
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So what do they plan to do exactly? Instead of a nuke, make a nuclear laser and cut the asteroid in half???
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So what do they plan to do exactly? Instead of a nuke, make a nuclear laser and cut the asteroid in half???
They're gonna reconfigure that thing they call the Large Hadron Collider into a Large Hadron Fire Cannon and make it fire a huge beam at the giant space rock when it appears in fifty thousand years.
 
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The story I read says that one of the plans that they're leaning towards something like a rocket that they can fly to and attach to the asteroid and slowly push it just enough to keep it from crashing into the Earth.
 
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A large asteroid impacting the earth is supposed to have effects like causing earthquakes and large waves( depends on whether it hit the ocean or not) as well as possibly kicking up a ton of dust that blocks out the sun for a long time killing all plant life and making life on Earth very, very difficult if not impossible. Temperatures are supposed to get very cold since the sun's rays and heat cannot penetrate the dust cloud. And other scary stuff happens that leads to the demise of civilization as we know it.

Or at least that was the doomsday scenario for "Death by Asteroid" last time I checked.

Hence, the "Save the Earth" solution>>>>>>>>>> "Just avoid the impact zone" solution
Sounds like a perfect scenario for the Russians to take over. It's not like the climate in their country is much better than the described the scenario
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