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White House Adviser: US Must Prepare for Asteroid
AOL News ^ | Monday, October 25, 2010 | Lee Speigel

Posted on 10/26/2010 7:37:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

In separate 10-page letters to the House Committee on Science and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, outlines plans for "(A) protecting the United States from a near-Earth object that is expected to collide with Earth; and (B) implementing a deflection campaign, in consultation with international bodies, should one be necessary."

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While Holdren indicates that no large asteroid or comet presents an immediate hazard to our planet, the fact that devastating impacts have occurred on Earth in the distant past is enough to warrant safety precautions for the future...

Asteroids are rocky bodies found within the inner solar system, originating in an area known as the asteroid belt, located between the planets Mars and Jupiter.

If a large asteroid were to strike Earth, it could cause a global climate change, which many scientists believe is what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago -- not a good prospect for life on Earth in the present day if a similar event occurred.

NASA's Near Earth Object program, or NEO, looks for and monitors asteroids that are at least a kilometer in diameter... After 12 years of cosmic hunting, NASA search teams have determined that 149 NEOs larger than a kilometer in size are in orbits that might pose a problem for Earth, but none is considered an impact threat in the next 100 years...

(Excerpt) Read more at aolnews.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: asteroid; asteroids; catastrophism; johnholdren; unitednations
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1 posted on 10/26/2010 7:37:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

this is the most non partisan of issues and will be a long term threat. I hope whomever occupies the WH going forward will be working on this.


2 posted on 10/26/2010 7:38:31 PM PDT by balch3
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To: gleeaikin; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ..

Thanks gleeaikin. I put those links to the rest of the topics about John Holdren in the interests of full disclosure. He didn’t originate the idea that we need to protect ourselves against the impact hazard, but regardless, it is true.


3 posted on 10/26/2010 7:39:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Prepare for Asteroid

Lyndon Johnson had them so bad he couldn't drive a car.

4 posted on 10/26/2010 7:39:16 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: SunkenCiv
Not a problem:

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I have it under control.

5 posted on 10/26/2010 7:39:16 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("If You Don't Read The News You're Uniformed, If You Do Read The News You're Misinformed")
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To: SunkenCiv

Why do I get the feeling that Rod Serling is lurking in the bushes?


6 posted on 10/26/2010 7:39:26 PM PDT by kempster
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To: SunkenCiv

Never waste a crisis...


7 posted on 10/26/2010 7:39:30 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: SunkenCiv

And of course, to a group of Marxist at the helm of country, the very best defense against an asteroid pummeling the earth is: higher taxes.


8 posted on 10/26/2010 7:39:38 PM PDT by antonico
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To: SunkenCiv

“If a large asteroid were to strike Earth, it could cause a global climate change”

LOL!


9 posted on 10/26/2010 7:41:17 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: SunkenCiv

If you have the ability to deflect an asteroid away from an Earth collision, you have the power to aim one at Earth.

I’m OK with that as long as I’m the one in charge of that capability.

Who would you give that power to?


10 posted on 10/26/2010 7:42:57 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: SunkenCiv

Being prepared isn’t a bad idea but the bunch of clowns running the show now would be hard pressed to tie their shoes.


11 posted on 10/26/2010 7:43:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SunkenCiv
Get these guys to 'redirect' the asteroids. (The Asteroid Czar can just send me a check.)


12 posted on 10/26/2010 7:44:11 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: balch3

Wait a minute, isn’t NASA in charge of mooosluums now?


13 posted on 10/26/2010 7:44:45 PM PDT by barbarianbabs
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To: kempster

That reference makes me want to open up the BluRay of the original “Planet of the Apes”.


14 posted on 10/26/2010 7:45:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“White House Adviser: US Must Prepare for Asteroid”

At the rate this White House and it’s Advisers and Czars are going, an asteroid strike just might improve things.


15 posted on 10/26/2010 7:46:48 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: balch3

I wholeheartedly agree. After the SL-9 impacts on Jupiter, 16 years ago, a bunch of former Soviet and present US cold warriors held a conference to discuss the prospects of using nukes to deflect hazardous asteroids.


16 posted on 10/26/2010 7:47:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: hosepipe

If there’s nothing slated for 100 years and you are 13 trillion in debt its best to do nothing.


17 posted on 10/26/2010 7:48:07 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: SunkenCiv

This is the real reason we need manned space flight. Asteroids have annihilated plenty of species on earth.


18 posted on 10/26/2010 7:48:19 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: kbennkc

That was the reason that was given — he couldn’t be trusted behind the wheel of a car because he drank even more than Ted Kennedy.


19 posted on 10/26/2010 7:48:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If the asteroid is headed for Washington DC, leave it alone!


20 posted on 10/26/2010 7:48:32 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: ElayneJ

:’)


21 posted on 10/26/2010 7:49:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yes, the White House thinks we should cancel the elections until all the asteroids are gone.


22 posted on 10/26/2010 7:50:05 PM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: SunkenCiv
This makes me wonder:

How successful would the Obama Regime be in disguising a false flag attack on a US city as an asteroid impact?

How hard would it then be to move everyone into "Asteroid-free zones", personally protected by the Asteroid Czar?

It just goes on and on.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

23 posted on 10/26/2010 7:50:55 PM PDT by The Comedian (Don't run. You'll just die tired.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Rather than one big asteroid strike, I’d settle for 100.000 meteorite strikes all hitting a democrat or liberal at the same time.

No need for catastrophe management.


24 posted on 10/26/2010 7:55:40 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

My surgery worked wonders, but the recovery was painful.


25 posted on 10/26/2010 7:57:20 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Maybe we should put Holdren in charge of the Southron border. Deflecting a few illegals we KNOW are crossing the border should be child's play compared to deflecting an impactor that may not happen for hundreds, maybe thousands of years hence. And a whole lot cheaper.

But that's a thread hijack so never mind...

26 posted on 10/26/2010 7:58:13 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: SkyDancer
Funny you posted that cartoon because it reminds me a bit of the opening scene from the first episode of the Mai-Otome Zwei anime four-episode OVA series.

But seriously, the best way to stop an asteroid is to land a small satellite with a small nuclear warhead--maybe 10 kT--on the surface of the asteroidc and detonate it while it is still far away. While the yield is low the effects of the 10 kT detonation may change the trajectory of the asteroid enough such that it will go from hitting the Earth to completely missing it.

27 posted on 10/26/2010 8:00:10 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RayChuang88

Well there is that movie with Bruce Willis about destroying an asteroid with a nuke ....


28 posted on 10/26/2010 8:02:35 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("If You Don't Read The News You're Uniformed, If You Do Read The News You're Misinformed")
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To: kbennkc

Rusty: Hey, ya’ got Pac Man?
Cousin Dale: No.
Rusty: Ya’ got Space Invaders?
Cousin Dale: Nope.
Rusty: Ya’ got Asteroids?
Cousin Dale: Naw, but my dad does. Can’t even sit on the toilet some days.


29 posted on 10/26/2010 8:08:18 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Today, Congress. Tomorrow, the White House!)
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To: SkyDancer
Yeah.... what was the name of that movie?


30 posted on 10/26/2010 8:09:14 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: RayChuang88

I understand an easy way to deflect it - if found early enough - is to paint the asteroid white on one side. Then let photon ballistics do the rest....


31 posted on 10/26/2010 8:10:10 PM PDT by Yossarian (A pro-life democrat is one who holds out for something in return for his pro-abortion vote.)
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To: Yossarian
I understand an easy way to deflect it - if found early enough - is to paint the asteroid white on one side. Then let photon ballistics do the rest....

But could we get Ben Laughtrack and Bruce Willis to field a team of redneck housepainters to go up there and save the world?

32 posted on 10/26/2010 8:13:50 PM PDT by The Theophilus
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To: SunkenCiv

Sure!The U.S. should be prepared for the impact of an asteroid.And what are we to do if one hits?

Depending on the size of the thing we won’t do much.Just another waste of money as can’t direct it somewhere else and we damn sure can’t destroy it.


33 posted on 10/26/2010 8:15:18 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The most major threat to the human race other than I-slam is probably genetic entropy. Asteroids, comets, volcanoes, and earthquakes are leftovers from a recent series of catastrophes and have been damping exponentially since Roman times, i.e. we needn’t fear them anywhere near as much as Romans feared them.


34 posted on 10/26/2010 8:16:23 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: SunkenCiv

We can’t secure the border,

We can’t get back to the moon,

We can’t stop printing and spending fiat money,

But yes, let’s build high speed rail systems and prepare for asteroids.

I already prepared for asteroids. It was 1981. I had the high score. Got bored with it very quickly. These people are 30 years late to the party.

I think we’d be better off preparing for giant ants or being overthrown by apes. Or follow Japan’s lead and try to get ready for Godzilla.


35 posted on 10/26/2010 8:16:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hold on to your wallets. Here comes the “asteroid tax”.


36 posted on 10/26/2010 8:17:45 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: DBrow

considering that the US is both functionally broke/bankrupt AND trying to end the space program, I would put China high on the list of countries with orbital or moon-based space warfare capabilities in 20 years.


37 posted on 10/26/2010 8:18:20 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: puppypusher

This is nothing but your local Bear Patrol.

No bears around today? Thank your local Bear Patrol for keeping you safe and taking another percentage out of your earnings.


38 posted on 10/26/2010 8:18:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: omega4179

That 100-year timeframe is just for the ones we know about. It’s the one we don’t see coming that will be the problem. A long-period asteroid (one that hasn;t passed by before, at least in recorded history) might only be detected a couple of weeks out, which is not enough time to do anything with the technology we currently have. A long-period comet wouldn’t be much better.


39 posted on 10/26/2010 8:19:31 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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More quarters!!!!

My fingers are getting tired....


40 posted on 10/26/2010 8:21:31 PM PDT by ak267
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To: puppypusher
"Depending on the size of the thing we won’t do much.Just another waste of money as can’t direct it somewhere else and we damn sure can’t destroy it."

Ah yes, the liberal mantra of "We're destroying the Earth with CO2, but we can't destroy a small rock with 1,000 nuclear missiles."

Sigh...

It's utterly untrue, but makes for a catchy mantra to mindlessly repeat.

41 posted on 10/26/2010 8:22:03 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Flag_This

“Asteroids have annihilated plenty of species on earth.”

And giving someone, maybe the UN, the power to land a 100M rock at 27,000 FPS is insane. We’ve got to grow up before we start messing with asteroid warfare.


42 posted on 10/26/2010 8:26:57 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: wendy1946
The most major threat to the human race other than I-slam is probably genetic entropy.

That process is inevitable, making it not a "threat" but a certain destiny.

Inbreeding increases the downward slope to "poodle-ization" of the population. That is, when one confines the genetic pool, one ends up with a worthless dog that is weak, sick and high maintenance at least when compared to a mutt (that with higher genetic diversity).

Curiously, those who like to tinker with human genetics with the aim of creating a master race for some reason like to breed out genetic information so we end up with "poodles". On the other hand, one could argue that the raping and pillaging (mostly the raping) of the population by invading foreign armies actually decreases the slope of genetic entropy making for hardier progeny. This could be one of those extremly rare good "unintended consequences" of UN Peace keeping missions into the third world.

43 posted on 10/26/2010 8:27:14 PM PDT by The Theophilus
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To: SunkenCiv
devastating impacts have occurred on Earth in the distant past

I don't know how they define the "distant past", but the Tunguska event in 1908 - only 102 years ago - had about 30 Megaton of energy. If it were to strike not in the middle of nowhere but, say, in Europe, it would be much harder to forget.

44 posted on 10/26/2010 8:29:27 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: DTogo

“If the asteroid is headed for Washington DC, leave it alone!”

Look up Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater. If that happened today, few on the East Coast would survive.


45 posted on 10/26/2010 8:31:06 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: SunkenCiv

Another one?!
Didn’t we just get hit by an’asteroid’ in 2008? That one has changed American civilization as we knew it.


46 posted on 10/26/2010 8:31:38 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: WoofDog123

“I would put China high on the list of countries”

Followed by Japan and India. Russia is stuck in LEO, moreso now with the Shuttle gone.


47 posted on 10/26/2010 8:34:12 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: DBrow
Look up Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater. If that happened today, few on the East Coast would survive.

So what is your point?

48 posted on 10/26/2010 8:35:56 PM PDT by The Theophilus
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To: DBrow

“If the asteroid is headed for Washington DC, leave it alone!”

Look up Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater. If that happened today, few on the East Coast would survive.

Depending on its size,Few on the Earth will survive.


49 posted on 10/26/2010 8:37:18 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Southack

There is no way we could get ONE nuke out to where it needs to be. The Shuttle only went 450 miles high, about the drive from NYC to DC. That would be seconds before impact, maybe less.

We need to get the nukes out by the orbit of Mars to be effective, and we simply can’t do that now. With a dozen years to plan, maybe.


50 posted on 10/26/2010 8:37:52 PM PDT by DBrow
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