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Originally posted by stikkinikki
reply to post by althea041724
Thanks for the pic althea but I am hoping we get a closer look than that. On a related note I was reading in one of these threads about asteroid exploration and wondered if we should put probes on these recurring asteroids. It would make a cheap and efficient way to travel through space and take a look around. Maybe we can even take some samples and pick them up on the asteroids next visit.
At the end of fiscal year 2007, there were 5,002 secrecy orders in effect.
Originally posted by V Kaminski
I don't trust C2C or that Serada clown for one second. Or anything to do with C2C, LM-H et al.
If one could dock-and-push with the high impulse thrust of a chemical rocket, a variety of cases could be dealt with. The Space Shuttle main engine could just deflect a 1 km asteroid, given 30 years advance warning. A Delta 2 first stage, with a several-minute burn, could deflect a 100 m object given 6 months warning.
Far more energy can be delivered to an object by a bomb, and that is the only option available with current technology for dealing with the largest potential impactors on shorter time scales than just discussed. There are considerable uncertainties about coupling the energy of a bomb into the object...
With some patience, waiting perhaps a month or two, suitable
asteroids could be routinely found that would produce weapon
effects equivalent to nuclear weapons with yields ranging from tens
of kilotons to many megatons. With some effort, they could be
diverted to weapon using technology (and extensive supporting
infrastructure) similar to that for exploiting lunar materials,
generating solar power with satellites, or defending against asteroids.
Originally posted by runetang
I also heard Bus sized from major news outlets.
Although I am disappointed we did not receive an impact, nor did our moon, I wouldn't put it beyond the realm of possibility that we diverted it. Reason being, we have sent a craft to rendezvous with a meteor/comet, then dispatch a smaller craft to land on the meteor/comet while its darting thru space, then explode, while the other craft records the visuals essentially.
Since we've done that, we could easily send something three hundred some thousand miles up, thats where it was at btw.
Originally posted by lifestudent
As someone who's been involved in developing state of the art technology, I clearly have less faith in the military-industrial complex's abilities than you.
This rock was discovered in October of 2007. That's a problem right there, if it was on a collision course for earth, we would have been much more toast than people think.
I don't believe we could scramble enough unplanned resources between then to now to have made a difference, let alone gotten the budget to do it when the world wasn't at stake.
If we/someone had done so, I don't believe they would have kept it secret. It is in the government's and corporations' interest to keep people believing in their omnipotence. The more we believe they can see everywhere and do everything, the less we will think we have power ourselves. The more we think they are protecting us, the more we will support them in their efforts, regardless of what they are really doing.
If they were able to do anything, especially something that was in any way successful, we would still be watching news about the incredible triumph of Lockheed Martin and US technological superiority. I have no doubt.
Believe otherwise if you'd like. Of course, we can only speculate. I'd bet significantly that neither our corporations nor our government had any ability to change the course of TU24, unless it was via help of otherworldly friends.
[edit on 30-1-2008 by lifestudent]