reply to post by Utnapisjtim
Nice. Should be cool for NASA, but I am SURE other governments are already looking at this as the next way to have a "natural disaster" event occur.
How convenient to have a few large space rocks at your disposal to throw at whatever country you want to wreak havoc on.
Well, if any of these rocks are Carbonaceous, then that could well result in throwing rocks encrusted, or riddled with diamonds big as your fist.
If Metallic rocks, then, the same would apply for other rare-Earth metals like gold, platinum, iridium, and some other nifty stuff.
There's also the Hydrogen 3 factor.
Additionally, considering these rocks when they typically do enter Earth's Atmosphere naturally burn up for the most part on entry, the attempt at
weaponization could amount more to fireworks display, as opposed to bomb, and, well, the loss of a potentially worthwhile resource.
Oh, and if anyone is dubious about the whole Diamonds thing:
Massive Diamond Filled Meteor Crater Worth Trillions of
Pounds Found in Russia
It'd be a nice way to give your enemies some spending money to fight back with. That's a pretty expensive weapon; the billions spent to capture
something like this, and then the Trillions it'd be worth.
Not exactly the wisest deployment of resources.
Thing is, all this childish nonsense about squabbling over resources will diminish to various degrees once we develop sustainable self maintaining
autonomous colonies on a flatter gravity plane outside of this expensive imprisoning gravity hole we're currently stuck in.
Hollow out a sizable enough Asteroid in the 200km + range, put some spin on it, leave the 'hull' walls around 10 Km thick, put some spin on it enough
for artificial gravity on the inside walls, and you've got realestate enough for Millions that would hold equivalent depth of atmospheric pressure as
Earth, but with much easier access to a flatter, way less expensive gravity plane stocked full to abundance of resources, including water found in icy
bodies, and every other mineral resource, many quite rare on Earth, but abundant in space.
edit on 2/4/2014 by AliceBleachWhite because: (no reason given)