Skip to comments.NASA to send celestial hammer to break open comet
Posted on 12/23/2004 9:20:12 AM PST by Diamond
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Excellent book. I love everything Niven has written.
Well, it depends upon what you mean by 'calculate'. I'm thinking it may be about like a kid calculating what the effect of the matches he's playing with is.
I sure hope there are no spotted deep space owls on that comet or there will be hell to pay.
The opinions here vary, but if your're right and it's not significant then I think the next time they will just use a bigger bomb. In other words I think they wouldn't do it if it didn't have any effect.
The hammer will be vaporized, perhaps ionized immediately. The flash spectrum should show the atomic constitution of the hammer and some of the comet itself. We may discover commercial quantities of water and other minerals.
Whatever happened to the concepts of miniaturization and probes? When the spectrum comes back showing "dirty ice", iron ore and H2O, will it be reported?
NASA just wants to show us what we shouldn't do with money.
Just imagine a bank with 300 dollars of cash inside. NASA is going to send that bank into space and blow it up. It will appear as a small spark in the sky.
When America has 7.4 trillion dollars of debt, we should be using cheaper fireworks. Don't you think!?
If you are against wasting of money, then join CAGW (Citizens Against Government Waste): www.cagw.org.
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