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(Discovery)   UN to spearhead asteroid deflection plan. Will begin immediately to prepare strongly worded message   (news.discovery.com) divider line 33
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2013-10-28 02:47:21 PM
Well, I'm willing to bet the ESA can do a better job than NASA and the US Government has been. Considering they can't even agree on a launch vehicle system for manned spacecraft for more than two years at a time.

Meanwhile, the ESA and UK are working on a practical SSTO using the SABRE concept, and are the ones who are tasked with building the Orion Service Module for the SSDLS/Orion platform. Well, until someone decides to cut that funding too.
 
2013-10-28 03:06:08 PM
Is the UN that can only write strongly worded letters the same UN that has jack-booted thugs just waiting for orders to invade the US and take all our guns?
 
2013-10-28 03:07:18 PM
They're good at deflection

/so they got that going for them
 
2013-10-28 03:24:40 PM
A strongly worded letter about a body in space?  How about:

"All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together. Use them in peace."
 
2013-10-28 03:45:43 PM
How about we construct a large cannon for firing U.N. diplomats at approaching asteroids? We'll call it the "Ki-Moon Kannon", hyuk hyuk.
 
2013-10-28 04:20:45 PM

FloydA: Is the UN that can only write strongly worded letters the same UN that has jack-booted thugs just waiting for orders to invade the US and take all our guns?


That's the one!
 
2013-10-28 04:20:58 PM
Goku plans to respond by eating non-stop then straining his ass for a couple years. I mean, power up.
 
2013-10-28 04:22:31 PM
It'll take at least two weeks in committee to establish that , in fact, asteroids do not abide by unilateral resolutions..
 
2013-10-28 04:23:43 PM
Paging Mister Bruce Willis. Will a Mister Bruce Willis please pick up a white courtesy phone.
 
2013-10-28 04:26:07 PM
Where's Obomba red line?!  NO word from the president!  This is bad.
 
2013-10-28 04:26:24 PM
Heck, all you have to do is say "Kirk to Enterprise".
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2013-10-28 04:29:17 PM

FloydA: Is the UN that can only write strongly worded letters the same UN that has jack-booted thugs just waiting for orders to invade the US and take all our guns?


That, and also the UN where the Security Council gives Vladimir Putin a veto.

So, hope the next asteroid isn't headed for a country Putin doesn't like, or one which is harboring one of his political opponents.
 
2013-10-28 04:37:43 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: FloydA: Is the UN that can only write strongly worded letters the same UN that has jack-booted thugs just waiting for orders to invade the US and take all our guns?

That, and also the UN where the Security Council gives Vladimir Putin a veto.

So, hope the next asteroid isn't headed for a country Putin doesn't like, or one which is harboring one of his political opponents.


So... just about every country on Earth. Including his own.
 
2013-10-28 04:38:56 PM
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2013-10-28 04:42:47 PM
So is stupid for the idea or the submittard? At least they are trying something.
 
2013-10-28 04:48:29 PM
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We're hosed...
 
2013-10-28 04:51:10 PM
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I thought we already had an international response plan .... all we need is the damn Russians to admit they've got Peter the Great up there !
 
2013-10-28 04:52:35 PM

Evil Twin Skippy: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: FloydA: Is the UN that can only write strongly worded letters the same UN that has jack-booted thugs just waiting for orders to invade the US and take all our guns?

That, and also the UN where the Security Council gives Vladimir Putin a veto.

So, hope the next asteroid isn't headed for a country Putin doesn't like, or one which is harboring one of his political opponents.

So... just about every country on Earth. Including his own.


No, he's good friends with Belarus, Iran and maybe Uzbekistan.
 
2013-10-28 05:01:24 PM
"It is, perhaps, surprising to find out that there wasn't a plan in place before today."

Explain to me the value of a PLAN which would only let us know in advance that we are all going to die, which would only cause more panic.
 
2013-10-28 05:06:06 PM
So this is it. We're gonna die.
 
2013-10-28 05:12:43 PM
At least it wasn't Ben Affleck.
 
2013-10-28 05:14:23 PM
I got nothing except some books to recommend. The Last Policeman and Countdown City combine the apocalypse with a noir detective flavor. An asteroid is a few months away and a young cop gets busted up to detective because all the detectives have taken early retirement to do bucket list stuff. In the second one, things are really starting to break down.
 
2013-10-28 05:23:40 PM
Well all the paperwork they generate will make a pillow for the asteroid to land on.
 
2013-10-28 05:25:03 PM
Well, it's all about timing and force along the orbital path.

If they can get that strongly-worded to a tangential position near the asteroid that imparts a transverse FG wrt to p, sufficiently in advance of the possible strike point and date, they will be able to deflect the orbital path of the asteroid so that it misses the Earth on that date.

This being the UN, they will likely deflect it into an orbit guaranteed to hit us at a later date, which no strongly-worded letter could possibly avoid then... but hey, it's better than nothing.
 
2013-10-28 05:27:34 PM
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2013-10-28 06:04:35 PM
Wake me up when someone, anyone starts giving a shiat about Fukushima.

Funny how they like to focus on the non-existent problems when there's more than enough real ones out there.
 
2013-10-28 06:14:28 PM
Well,

ashinmytomatoes: I got nothing except some books to recommend. The Last Policeman and Countdown City combine the apocalypse with a noir detective flavor. An asteroid is a few months away and a young cop gets busted up to detective because all the detectives have taken early retirement to do bucket list stuff. In the second one, things are really starting to break down.


Well, there's always Ringworld...
 
2013-10-28 07:24:11 PM
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs is a thing, has been a thing since probably at least the 1960s, and is currently headed by a rather smart lady with a PhD in astrophysics (rather than political science or international law). That being said, she's about to retire... I'll have to ask her if she knows who's next in line.
 
2013-10-28 07:47:57 PM

FTGodWin: Wake me up when someone, anyone starts giving a shiat about Fukushima.

Funny how they like to focus on the non-existent problems when there's more than enough real ones out there.


When you are required to tackle real problems, people will expect results.  No results?  No all you can eat lobster buffet.  An asteroid heading for earth is the perfect UN problem.  It's unlikely to happen, and even if it did happen, you won't get in trouble for not dealing with it.  Thus, you can keep your phoney baloney job and collect that lovely bribe money from contractors.
 
2013-10-28 08:02:11 PM

OgreMagi: It's unlikely to happen, and even if it did happen, you won't get in trouble for not dealing with it.


Uh, that's not exactly true.

Asteroid/Meteor impacts happen every day to our atmosphere. The good thing is that most of them are small enough that they burn up in the atmosphere. Or cause very little to no damage.

It's not a matter of if. It's a matter of WHEN. And having a plan is a good idea.
 
2013-10-28 08:57:45 PM
So the Earth getting hit by an Asteroid would be bad thing then?
 
2013-10-28 10:52:30 PM

stuffy: So the Earth getting hit by an Asteroid would be bad thing then?


Not if you're a chemosynthesizer in a deep ocean smoker.

If you're in the food chain involving plants you kind of have a problem.
 
2013-10-29 04:11:23 PM
Man, those guys Don't Miss a Thang...
 
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