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President: What is this thing?
Truman: It's an asteroid, sir.
President: How big are we talking?
Scientist: Sir, our best estimate is 97.6 billion-
Truman: It's the size of Texas, Mr. President.
President: Dan, we didn't see this thing coming?
Truman: Well, our object collision budget's about a million dollars a year. That allows us to track about three percent of the sky, and begging your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.
Gen. Kimsey: And the ones this morning?
Truman: Uh, those were nothing. Those were the size of basketballs and Volkswagons, things like that.
Originally posted by DisasterButton
reply to post by CB328
Perhaps it is just me(as I haven't really done any digging into the subject) but it does seem that we are detecting a larger number of these NEOs just short of their fly-by times. Have we just been missing them due to insufficient detection? Or maybe there are more objects being directed towards the Earth?
Originally posted by FearEater
reply to post by Char-Lee
That is the same animation program that was provided courtesy of MSNBC link above.
Same program with comet Elenin, remember? ...And man was that bad boy a disaster.....