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As the earlier impact in Russia shows, we are VERY vulnerable to meteorites.

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3 years ago#21
Anarchy_Juiblex posted...
You honestly think it's possible to watch the whole sky and find small objects going 19 miles per second and intercept them? llolololo

The cost would be great than potential damages.


Nice to see you FINALLY admit that you think human life is cheap and just another disposable commodity to be consumed and traded.
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3 years ago#22
Goldice posted...
There really isn't much we can do. Whatever the meteor consisted of wasn't known about prior and exploded in the sky.

What the hell are your prevention methods for that?


Better detection technology.
3 years ago#23
Conservative logic here: "We don't have good detection methods so we shouldn't bother spending money to create better detection methods!"

It's funnier when you combine it with conservative military logic: "We already have the best military in the world by a large margin, but we must spend MORE money because some mountain men on the other side of the world might get lucky some day."
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3 years ago#24
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Synoptic_Survey_Telescope

The more magnified a telescope is, the smaller its field of view. Most telescopes can only see a tiny tiny tiny fraction of the sky, and so they're pretty useless for seeing anything that you don't already know where it is. This telescope, the LSST, is designed to take automated snapshots of the entire sky, at a rate of one full picture every three days. The idea is to look for changes and hopefully spot near-Earth asteroids. It won't be operational for about 9 years probably, but hey, large asteroids don't hit that often, right?
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3 years ago#25
Mr Hangman posted...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Synoptic_Survey_Telescope

The more magnified a telescope is, the smaller its field of view. Most telescopes can only see a tiny tiny tiny fraction of the sky, and so they're pretty useless for seeing anything that you don't already know where it is. This telescope, the LSST, is designed to take automated snapshots of the entire sky, at a rate of one full picture every three days. The idea is to look for changes and hopefully spot near-Earth asteroids. It won't be operational for about 9 years probably, but hey, large asteroids don't hit that often, right?


This is really, really cool. Thanks for linking to it.
3 years ago#26
It would take a lot of energy to rendezvous with a meteorite that small but the dangerous ones are so far and few that it shouldn't cost us as much in the long run.
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3 years ago#27
This makes me want to watch Armageddon and Deep impact. I've never actually seen either of those movies.
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3 years ago#28
From: mikmalot | #027
This makes me want to watch Armageddon and Deep impact. I've never actually seen either of those movies.

Good, don't.
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3 years ago#29
I have only watched Armageddon but from what I've heard they are both very different movies. Deep Impact doesn't have the gung-ho fast action as Armageddon and considered more scientifically accurate.
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