Well no time like the present. I'm once again reminded of the line in the movie Armageddon:
President: We didn't see this thing coming?
Dan: Well, our object collision budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.
From the article:
“Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects like Asteroid 2012 DA14 is critical to our future. We should continue to invest in systems that identify threatening asteroids and develop contingencies, if needed, to change the course of an asteroid headed toward Earth."
Develop? Oh you have contingencies I'm sure. However, from a fight or flight stand-point, I have a feeling the current contingencies are more in the "flight" category.
Where "flight" is going underground and hoping you dug the bunker deep enough to not be affected by the impact and that your provisions will outlast the resulting nuclear winter.
Yeah, how about we start developing some "fight" contingencies so "We the People" may have a chance too?
All speculative of course, but you know, this is ATS
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