Tarry for the Nonce

December 6, 2005

Another Armageddon

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:36 pm

Another asteriod threatens to destroy us all:

Scientists are monitoring the progress of a 390-metre wide asteroid discovered last year that is potentially on a collision course with the planet, and are imploring governments to decide on a strategy for dealing with it.

Nasa has estimated that an impact from Apophis, which has an outside chance of hitting the Earth in 2036, would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima . . .

At a recent meeting of experts in near-Earth objects (NEOs) in London, scientists said it could take decades to design, test and build the required technology to deflect the asteroid . . .

The Advanced Concepts Team at the European Space Agency have led the effort in designing a range of satellites and rockets to nudge asteroids on a collision course for Earth into a different orbit.

No technology has been left unconsidered, even potentially dangerous ideas such as nuclear powered spacecraft.

Just as long as they send Ben Affleck up with it.

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3 Comments

  1. Now now, this is old news. Besides, its not like we’ll be around then, after this asteroid hits us in 2014. Apparently, this one has “the effect of 20 million Hiroshima atomic bombs…,” whatever that means. So, who cares about 2036, what about 2014?!

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 7, 2005 @ 2:43 pm

  2. What does the religous person think of this? If god wants us to be hit, won’t it hit us irrespective of our efforts?

    Comment by Howard R — December 7, 2005 @ 3:25 pm

  3. LOL. I suppose if He’s determined too, yes. But rather than wallow in fatalism, I would rather view the situation as yet another life and death obstacle to overcome.

    Comment by laura — December 7, 2005 @ 3:36 pm


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