Skip to comments.Large asteroid heading to Earth? Pray, says NASA
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.
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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.
Is everything OK?
It’s that @$%&^*)*^%$$ global warming !!
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.
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.
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.
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..
Back in 2010, obama said we were going to build an asteroid deflector for the big one coming in 2029. Guess he lied.
Muslim outreach would seem to be the answer here.
I’m sure Planned Parenthood would try to give it a prescription for birth control pills to keep it from making baby asteroids!
I don’t consider 50 ft cataclysmic. I’m talking about those mile wide asteroids that do hit the earth every billion years.
How’d they get that Shuttle that should have gone to Houston?
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.
I’m not going to lose any sleep over this. You take yer chances. You’ll never get out a here alive.
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 ....,
That it really doesn’t matter where ground zero is. A large asteroid would destroy the earth no matter wher it hits.
“The larger half strikes the land between the rivers (Iraq) the other half strikes the Med. Its 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???
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