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(Yahoo)   Yo NASA, I heard you like orbiting things, so we put a moon around your moon, so you can orbit while you orbit   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 13
    More: Weird, orbits, NASA, asteroids, asteroid belt, W.M. Keck Observatory, SLS, lunar orbit, radiation shielding  
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2013-01-09 08:28:30 AM  
That's no moon...
 
2013-01-09 08:30:38 AM  

Kuroshin: That's no moon...


It's a repeat.
 
2013-01-09 08:31:01 AM  
I've heard this story a few times now and this is the first time that I have actually considered it. While there are obvious risks to intentionally bringing an asteroid that close to earth, I think if it were successful, the techniques learned for dragging an asteroid out of orbit would be pretty valuable in protecting us from catastrophic impacts. This is the type of science and engineering that NASA should be doing, because it has never been done before.
 
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2013-01-09 08:51:46 AM  

ZER0T0THEC0RE: I've heard this story a few times now and this is the first time that I have actually considered it. While there are obvious risks to intentionally bringing an asteroid that close to earth, I think if it were successful, the techniques learned for dragging an asteroid out of orbit would be pretty valuable in protecting us from catastrophic impacts. This is the type of science and engineering that NASA should be doing, because it has never been done before.


I think that any asteroid they could move would be too small to be any danger.
 
2013-01-09 08:57:14 AM  
Oh that can't possibly go wrong.
 
2013-01-09 09:04:09 AM  

ZER0T0THEC0RE: While there are obvious risks to intentionally bringing an asteroid that close to earth the moon


Probably why they're doing this near the moon first, in case something were to go wrong. Of course, a 7m asteroid wouldn't do much damage to Earth, anyway...
 
2013-01-09 09:09:50 AM  

xanadian: ZER0T0THEC0RE: While there are obvious risks to intentionally bringing an asteroid that close to earth the moon

Probably why they're doing this near the moon first, in case something were to go wrong. Of course, a 7m asteroid wouldn't do much damage to Earth, anyway...


Except that NASA knows that lunar orbit is not stable. Anything near the Moon can end up anywhere in the Earth-Moon system. That's why they've been crashing lunar orbiters into the Moon when they're low on fuel.
 
2013-01-09 09:10:57 AM  
Soooo, this is what, the third time we've seen this story on here now?
 
2013-01-09 09:23:27 AM  
I think putting it at a La Grange Point would be better. It could just stay in a spot there without having
the potential of being knocked into Earth or the Moon.


/hoow hoow hoowwww
 
2013-01-09 09:33:55 AM  
Oh, whatever.

They'll never do this because it would be too interesting.
 
2013-01-09 10:08:39 AM  

ZER0T0THEC0RE: I've heard this story a few times now and this is the first time that I have actually considered it. While there are obvious risks to intentionally bringing an asteroid that close to earth, I think if it were successful, the techniques learned for dragging an asteroid out of orbit would be pretty valuable in protecting us from catastrophic impacts. This is the type of science and engineering that NASA should be doing, because it has never been done before.


I think it will be more valuable for teaching us things like mining it for resources. The Earth will run out of materials at the rate we're building and dumping and burning, so we'll need to start harvesting asteroids in the not too distant future.
 
2013-01-09 10:11:50 AM  

StrangeQ: Soooo, this is what, the third time we've seen this story on here now?


Yeah, considering how hard it is to get something greenlit on here, yet the number of repeats, I'm starting to wonder if they pick submissions to green by printing them all up, throwing them on the floor, spinning in a tight circle for a minute and a half, throwing a lawn dart into the air, and greening whatever gets hit, after cleaning up the blood.
 
2013-01-09 12:48:35 PM  

Mikey1969: StrangeQ: Soooo, this is what, the third time we've seen this story on here now?

Yeah, considering how hard it is to get something greenlit on here, yet the number of repeats, I'm starting to wonder if they pick submissions to green by printing them all up, throwing them on the floor, spinning in a tight circle for a minute and a half, throwing a lawn dart into the air, and greening whatever gets hit, after cleaning up the blood.


Anything that gets covered in blood, of course, becomes redlit.
 
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