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Fraser
2005-Nov-28, 07:53 PM
SUMMARY: Telescopes from around the world are constantly scanning the skies searching for potential Earth-crossing asteroids. The majority if these objects pose little to no threat to us, but the potentially devastating space rocks are out there. The European Space Agency is working on a mission called Don Quixote which would attempt to shift the orbit of an asteroid to understand the mechanics of this kind of operation.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/neos_lies_ahead.html)
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kennethroger
2005-Nov-29, 04:50 AM
Who would like to compare the odds that such a nudging technology would be used offensively versus defensively?

Ilya
2005-Nov-29, 08:03 PM
Who would like to compare the odds that such a nudging technology would be used offensively versus defensively?
I think offensive uses of such technology are unlikely in extreme. If you nudge an asteroid onto a collision path with Earth, it will take years to get to the target. The chances of keeping your deed a secret during all this time are pretty much non-existent -- and you would receive a retaliatory strike long before the asteroid actually hits. If it ever does -- the target country, not to mention all (otherwise) uninvolved ones, will not sit idly by once it becomes clear that it WILL hit.

wayneee
2005-Nov-30, 02:21 AM
Heres a question... Somewhere I heard that we only monitor 5 percent of the entire globes sky . I have heard reports of objects getting quite close to us ,passing between the Earth and Moon. And we only catch it as its departing , or if it was going to strike we would have had hours notice. What say ye to this?

beskeptical
2005-Dec-01, 08:42 AM
Heres a question... Somewhere I heard that we only monitor 5 percent of the entire globes sky . I have heard reports of objects getting quite close to us ,passing between the Earth and Moon. And we only catch it as its departing , or if it was going to strike we would have had hours notice. What say ye to this?What we miss are the ones coming in from the direction of the Sun. Sometimes those aren't spotted until they've passed.

beskeptical
2005-Dec-01, 08:45 AM
I've been meaning to ask why they quit updating NEOs on the Spaceweather (http://www.spaceweather.com/) website. They haven't posted any new reports since August. Anyone know?

Wolverine
2005-Dec-01, 09:39 PM
You could always e-mail Dr. Phillips and ask. I'm tempted to do so myself.

beskeptical
2005-Dec-08, 06:27 PM
You could always e-mail Dr. Phillips and ask. I'm tempted to do so myself.
Sent an e-mail to him today. We'll see what he says.

Wolverine
2005-Dec-12, 09:34 PM
Sent an e-mail to him today. We'll see what he says.

They're back (http://www.spaceweather.com/). :)

beskeptical
2005-Dec-20, 11:11 PM
They're back (http://www.spaceweather.com/). :)
I feel so powerful! ;)

beskeptical
2005-Dec-20, 11:13 PM
I notice one of the 2005 objects for Dec was added. Guess it wasn't seen until the last minute.

Wolverine
2005-Dec-21, 12:57 PM
I feel so powerful! ;)

Kick it up a notch and deflect PHAs. :D

Renderking Fisk
2005-Dec-21, 01:18 PM
Heres a question... Somewhere I heard that we only monitor 5 percent of the entire globes sky . I have heard reports of objects getting quite close to us ,passing between the Earth and Moon. And we only catch it as its departing , or if it was going to strike we would have had hours notice. What say ye to this?

In the 1980's and 1990's There were more people working in a McDonnalds franchise then there are people working on this all over the globe.

I hope since then the numbers have improved.

beskeptical
2005-Dec-22, 07:01 PM
Kick it up a notch and deflect PHAs. :DIf I had that much power, there'd be a few other priorities I'd be working on first.