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John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, outlines plans for "(A) protecting the United States from a near-Earth object that is expected to collide with Earth."
More and more reports coming out of reputable sources such as Cornell University prove that incoming space rocks could indeed be responsible for Earthquakes here on Earth
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It goes on to say that there are 149 objects they know of that are large enough and in the proper orbit to possibly collide with earth, and that none of them present a threat of colliding with Earth in the next century.
No NEO large enough to present a hazard is known to be on a collision course with the Earth, and the probability of an impact by such a NEO is extremely low.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
Here's a smoking gun...
Letter written October 2010.
Elenin discovered December 2010.
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
its very plausible that they've known about elenin for awhile. given that WISE had photographed almost the whole sky before elenin was officially announced. it took only about 6 months to photograph the whole sky. i'm sticking with what my friend in nasa told me. you'll see.
to the poster above me^
last time, a meteor the size of a skyscraper had a chance of hitting earth. no word of its existence until AFTER it passed. there's a video of news reporters talking about it somewhere here on ats.edit on 14-5-2011 by Bob Sholtz because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Invariance
I read the letters from the White House, and this is a very sobering scenario they are preparing for. Preparation is prudent, but not necessarily an indicator of an actual event. I think they're being realistic by including contingencies for disaster preparedness HOWEVER
Why shut SETI down after this letter evidently deems space watch so important? [/quote
While SETI isn't capable of finding NEO artifacts, the bigger question here is WHY has the Space Shuttle program been shut down?
That, my friends, is the larger question here, as it leaves us with no domestic capabilities of putting an american in orbit to the ISS. All of a sudden, the shuttle fleet is being dismantled? Why!? Is it because the administration knows that come September of 2011 there will be no need to go to space again? And that the ISS is doomed anyway?