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Large asteroid heading to Earth? Pray, says NASA
Yahoo! News ^ | 3/19/13 | Irene klotz - Reuters

Posted on 03/19/2013 7:28:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA chief Charles Bolden has advice on how to handle a large asteroid headed toward New York City: Pray.

That's about all the United States - or anyone for that matter - could do at this point about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth, Bolden told lawmakers at a U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee hearing on Tuesday.

An asteroid estimated to be have been about 55 feet in diameter exploded on February 15 over Chelyabinsk, Russia, generating shock waves that shattered windows and damaged buildings. More than 1,500 people were injured.

Later that day, a larger, unrelated asteroid discovered last year passed about 17,200 miles from Earth, closer than the network of television and weather satellites that ring the planet.

The events "serve as evidence that we live in an active solar system with potentially hazardous objects passing through our neighborhood with surprising frequency," said Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texas Democrat.

"We were fortunate that the events of last month were simply an interesting coincidence rather than a catastrophe," said Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, who called the hearing to learn what is being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet.

NASA has found and is tracking about 95 percent of the largest objects flying near Earth, those that are .62 miles or larger in diameter.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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To: SandRat

Actually, the Book of Revelation states that an asteroid (star) breaks into two pieces. The larger half strikes the land between the rivers ( Iraq) the other half strikes the Med. It’s one of the bowl judgements.


21 posted on 03/19/2013 7:41:36 PM PDT by STD ( Intellectuals, they are a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization)
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To: BenLurkin

Is everything OK?


22 posted on 03/19/2013 7:41:37 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s that @$%&^*)*^%$$ global warming !!


23 posted on 03/19/2013 7:41:53 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: doc1019

Actually, it is well within our technological capability to divert even a largish asteroid, given enough lead time.

Would require considerable expansion of our space infrastructure, costing a lot of money, but I believe that would have lots of beneficial side effects.


24 posted on 03/19/2013 7:42:33 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: NormsRevenge

25 posted on 03/19/2013 7:42:34 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Blood of Tyrants
If it were aimed for a liberal crap hole like NYC or San Francisco, what would be the down side?

Depends on the size. A "dinosaur-killer" would probably exterminate the human race.

Here's a calculator you can enter various parameters into and see what the consequences of impact are.

http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/

26 posted on 03/19/2013 7:44:59 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Jonty30

That’s obviously ridiculous — the object that detonated over Russia was only 50 feet across, and could easily be blasted to bits using conventional explosives. The problem is in detection, which has grown a lot since 1994’s SL-9 impact on Jupiter, but clearly it still lags when something this size comes in with no warning.


27 posted on 03/19/2013 7:45:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: tanknetter
Except for the fact that it would also take out irreplaceable cultural treasures ... like the Smithsonians for instance.

And all the old speeches never spoken that have been added to the Congressional Record! No one would ever not hear them again!
28 posted on 03/19/2013 7:45:19 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: varyouga

And yet, they laughed and ridiculed Reagan’s Star Wars. Think of what could have already been even more advanced capabilities than we have if the goons in charge could have imagined other applications of the technology..


29 posted on 03/19/2013 7:46:33 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Planet X = A sun behind the sun

http://yowusa.com/planetx/2012/planetx-2012-03a/1.shtml

30 posted on 03/19/2013 7:48:33 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: NormsRevenge

Back in 2010, obama said we were going to build an asteroid deflector for the big one coming in 2029. Guess he lied.


31 posted on 03/19/2013 7:49:57 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: NormsRevenge

Muslim outreach would seem to be the answer here.


32 posted on 03/19/2013 7:51:19 PM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: doc1019

I’m sure Planned Parenthood would try to give it a prescription for birth control pills to keep it from making baby asteroids!


33 posted on 03/19/2013 7:52:25 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t consider 50 ft cataclysmic. I’m talking about those mile wide asteroids that do hit the earth every billion years.


34 posted on 03/19/2013 7:52:39 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

How’d they get that Shuttle that should have gone to Houston?


35 posted on 03/19/2013 7:53:12 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jonty30

I don’t know. It would not take very much to nudge one off course. Besides the problem in being able to nudge (not trivial) you have to be sure you aren’t making matters worse :-)

I just think it is pathetic that we piss away so much in money and resources yet devote so little in defense against something that could wipe out the entire planet. This is an example of an global issue that governments and NASA should be focused on rather than monitoring the size of Big Gulps and other crap.


36 posted on 03/19/2013 7:53:56 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m not going to lose any sleep over this. You take yer chances. You’ll never get out a here alive.


37 posted on 03/19/2013 7:53:58 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: NormsRevenge; All
Ok .. settle down ... take your seats everyone ...

The article states only a large asteroid ... with no dimensions given

But I did find this;

"We were fortunate that the events of last month were simply an interesting coincidence rather than a catastrophe," said Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, who called the hearing to learn what is being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet."

So, we're told nothing about a maybe asteroid that is large and let's see how much money we need ... after telling us to pray ... let's start looking into the money we need to ....,

sheesh

38 posted on 03/19/2013 7:54:11 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

That it really doesn’t matter where ground zero is. A large asteroid would destroy the earth no matter wher it hits.


39 posted on 03/19/2013 7:54:40 PM PDT by chopperjc
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To: STD

“The larger half strikes the land between the rivers (Iraq) the other half strikes the Med. It’s one of the bowl judgements.”

“Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”

Maybe it’ll strike Rome???


40 posted on 03/19/2013 7:55:00 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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