View Poll Results: Nuke an asteroind?

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  • No nukes for any reason

    2 4.17%
  • Yes unilaterally if we have to

    18 37.50%
  • Yes but with international support only

    12 25.00%
  • Wait till an asteroid is coming and we have no other choice

    16 33.33%
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Thread: Nuke an Asteroid

  1. #31
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    non-nuclear approaches
    Just eat it:
    "...Chapter 17
    How to Avert Armageddon - Have an Asteroid for Lunch..."
    http://www.ourmolecularfuture.com/
    Douglas Mulhall proposes landing hungry nano-bacteria on it.
    Bon appetite!

  2. #32
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    #-o Something I havee wondered about this whole thing for a while now is why do we wait untill we are going to get hit? Why dont we find an asteroid thats nowhere near us and have a practice shot at it to see what happens?

    Its not like there not enough spare nukes about the place! We can try the blow it to bits option and if it dont work we can spend the billions of pounds on the "safe" option.

    Come on lets stop this careful, stay safe stuff and start blowing things up.

    BTW Lets do jupiter as well!
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    I say we nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarongsong
    non-nuclear approaches
    Just eat it:
    "...Chapter 17
    How to Avert Armageddon - Have an Asteroid for Lunch..."
    http://www.ourmolecularfuture.com/
    Douglas Mulhall proposes landing hungry nano-bacteria on it.
    Bon appetite!
    Erm... nano-bacteria? Like nanobots or just really small bacteria? And then the mass would still be in the same place, just in a different form (bacteria instead of rock)

  4. #34
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    From the USAF 2025 report:
    "...Mitigation Subsystems
    Two US governmental departments would be responsible for mitigating an ECO [Earth-Crossing Object] threat: the Departments of Defense and Energy. Depending on the mitigation strategy, the NCA would direct either or both of these organizations to engage the ECO as described in the mitigation sections..."
    http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/

  5. #35
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    Whenever I see the nuke approach I can't help thinking why?
    Nukes are horribly ineffective for pushing when they don't have an atmosphere to heat up to get a push from

    Why not stick a massdriver on it instead?
    Lower thrust, but over a much longer period, and with plenty of opportunity to catch navigation errors and correct for them.

    That would also give a real excuse for getting people up there, making for a much more realistic movie.
    For the movie, the problem is of cause that once you're had 4 months of "still on schedule, keep thrusting", the audience have left.

  6. #36
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    Do we have the technology to hit a 'bullet with a bullet'?

    How big a blast would it have to be, to deflect a 'planet killer'?

    If budgets allow, I feel we should try a practice run; but what would other countries say if some started parking nukes in orbit?

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