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Doomsday 2029: Russian beacon to track asteroid Apophis (1 in 223 Chance Impacting Earth)

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posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 04:16 AM
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Doomsday device: Russian beacon to track menacing asteroid Apophis


rt.com...
October 8, 2012




Russia’s space agency wants to send a mission to Apophis, the notorious asteroid which may change its course and eventually collide with Earth. It will plant a radio beacon, which will help track the celestial body and assess the risks it poses.

The 300-meter-wide asteroid first made headlines in 2004, when NASA reported that it has 1 chance in 223 of impacting on our planet in 2029.

But additional observations proved that it will pass by at the small, but safe, distance of some 36,000 kilometers from Earth. The close approach however may result in an unpredictable gravitational pull on Apophis, which would change its course and pose a danger in 2036, when it comes back.
To better assess the risks it poses to the civilization the Roscosmos plans a robotic mission to the asteroid, chief Vladimir Popovkin announced on Monday.

The plan is “to land a module on the surface of Apophis and set up a radio beacon there, which will work after the spaceship’s lifetime expires.”

The beacon signal will allow astronomers to better calculate Apophis’ movement and the effect of the 2029 Earth flyby. The mission would not be launched before 2020.

Another target is Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Roscosmos plans to send a spacecraft there in 2022 and is currently negotiating with its European counterpart ESA, which has a similar project, over a possible closer collaboration. Russia also plans a new Mars mission.

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posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 04:20 AM
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Now this is pretty interesting.

Since all of this Doomsday hype of 2012 and asteroids hitting the Earth in this era, we have now learned there is a potential impact in 2029.

That said, the world dominant countries in technology are gearing up to wage war on possible ET rocks which would devastate our planet and change the course of human history forever.

Although I think the tracking device is good for Russia has to offer, you have to wonder why NASA has not mentioned anything of this in the science news.

Is the American government hiding something from us we don't know? Or is there a technology battle happening between powerhouse countries? Thoughts?



posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 04:37 AM
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Haha well at least ATS paranoia and doomsday threads are safe until 2029



But you're right about technological competition between superpowers. It's frightening to see governments literally "spending like there's no tomorrow." Maybe there isn't


ETA: 1 in 223 seems much lower (more likely) than I remember
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posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 05:20 AM
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I think you need to change the sensationalist thread title as the quoted article clearly states:

"But additional observations proved that it will pass by at the small, but safe, distance of some 36,000"



posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 05:37 AM
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Quite misleading indeed because it will not hit us the first time around. But because of the slight chance of hitting the gravitational 'keyhole', it may hit us upon return in 2036.

In any case, a very interesting and hot topic for the years to come. This is like a rehearsal for Armageddon.



posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 06:26 AM
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Originally posted by Skywatcher2011
Now this is pretty interesting.

Since all of this Doomsday hype of 2012 and asteroids hitting the Earth in this era, we have now learned there is a potential impact in 2029....

... you have to wonder why NASA has not mentioned anything of this in the science news.

Is the American government hiding something from us we don't know? Or is there a technology battle happening between powerhouse countries? Thoughts?




Just because you just heard about it, that doesn't mean it's been a secret.
NASA has been talking openly about this for years:

NASA Watch
NASA Technical Reports Server

Also, you may want to peruse NASA's Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazard page, JPL's Near-Earth Object Program and Small-Body Database Browser and the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Minor Planet Center.

Research is your friend. Jumping to conclusions? Not so much...



posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 09:25 AM
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You're off by 7 years and a factor of a thousand on odds. There is no risk of impact in 2029 and the risk of impact in 2036 is only 1 in 233,000.
neo.jpl.nasa.gov...



posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 09:50 AM
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The calendar I bought last year stops at 12/21/12...we ARE having Chriatmas this year?

Sh*t, I am going to be in hot water...



posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 10:10 AM
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Originally posted by OnWhiteMars
Quite misleading indeed because it will not hit us the first time around. But because of the slight chance of hitting the gravitational 'keyhole', it may hit us upon return in 2036.

In any case, a very interesting and hot topic for the years to come. This is like a rehearsal for Armageddon.



And with the blink of an eye...the year 2036 will be upon us.



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