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originally posted by: penroc3
Apparently NASA and NNSA have drawn up plans to protect the earth with spacecraft that would release a probe with a nuclear device with yields up to 1GT(GIGAtons/1000 megatons/10000 kilotons) to push in coming asteroids out of the way. when the device detonates it would turn part of the asteroid into gas/plasma causing a thrust effect sufficient to push it out of the earth orbit.
According to George Lemmer's 1967 Air Force and Strategic Deterrence 1951–1960 paper, in 1957, LANL stated that a 1,000-megaton warhead could be built LLNL called the 2 of the three plans GNOMON and SUNDIAL, also Tellers next in command worked out the kinks in his 'classical super'.wiki
The shoemaker levy 9 prompted Teller to work with ex russian weapons experts to make these plans a reality, with all the very close passes recently it makes me wonder if they have these things ready to go.
They also talk about using gravity tractors as well as ion thrusters to move an asteroid as long as we find it soon enough to make these options viable.
With our space plane in orbit testing new methods of propulsion and god knows what else it seems to me they may be testing these options out.
is there any realistic method of diverting a ELE hit? i cant remember the names of the near misses that no one saw coming is kind of worrisome
originally posted by: dragonridr
a reply to: penroc3
I read one paper that discussed painting them as well. This would increase the heat and cause it to release gass and change its orbit. If known early there is lots of options. The killer one will be the one we missed weeks away.
is there any realistic method of diverting a ELE hit?
s there any realistic method of diverting a ELE hit?
originally posted by: one4all
Twill not work.
Go play a few games of 8-ball then get back to me.
Ya gotta harness MASS to redirect MASS....at low speeds....or parallel speeds.
There is only one way to save this Planet from a Space Destroyer......ONLY ONE WAY....and its Canadian Made.