posted on Feb, 1 2008 @ 07:27 PM
I wonder if the earth is heading into an area of space that is more cluttered with natural debris? What I mean by this is free-ranging debris not
caught up in gravity-influence like the Kuiper Belt, etc.
When we do get hit, and of course, it's not a matter of 'if', but 'when', I feel it will be by something totally unexpected, popping up out of
the dark just in time to say 'boo!', and then to slam into us. The feasibility of many of the ideas to deal with these mountain-sized objects are to
my mind, pure science fiction. As one astute poster indicated earlier, knocking the object off collision course by a small vector, may only speed up
or slow down the inevitable. We have to destroy these things way before they turn onto a collision orbit. We should be destroying them now during
their near-miss fly-bys with our planet. We should be destroying them now just after they have missed us, so that when we break them up, the
trajectories of the pieces are heading away from earth into space. I just hope we have the technology and weaponry to do this? Personally, I don't
think we have.