posted on Dec, 21 2007 @ 06:34 AM
reply to post by anhinga
I do believe it would, although, not exactly a tremendous amount. When we're talking about a blast equivalent to that of a 15 Megaton nuclear device,
you're going to want to go with the most conservative air -> ground radius. I'm sure there are certain variables being modified for a better scale
under Mars' conditions.
We have to keep in mind that the only well documented asteroid impact we've ever witnessed with our own devices was the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jupiter
event. That was under non-terrestrial conditions though. Essentially, this would be another very informative bit of information that would help out in
better understanding what a terrestrial impact looks like from above the source.
There's a bit of new information coming out about what exactly the Tunguska explosion would have actually
been like. It's just not exactly a
reliable data point for scientists since it was never truly experienced by anybody first hand in a documented manner:
Ah well, if it does come to pass it'll be a truly remarkable event and we're lucky to be alive to witness such a rare event.