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1095 clicks; posted to STEM » on 26 Jan 2022 at 4:29 PM (15 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-26 3:26:00 PM  
If DART works, NASA can build a similar strategy into its anti-asteroid game plan. If they spot an asteroid heading toward Earth, "they can send a precursor mission to observe it beforehand," Andrews says

This is really cool and all, but I read an article a few weeks back that said NASA would have to know about the approaching meteor 10-20 years in advance in order to use this method.  That seems like a "long shot" of interstellar distances with our current tracking.
 
2022-01-26 3:37:17 PM  
My dad had asteroids.  Some days he could hardly sit on the toilet.
 
2022-01-26 5:00:23 PM  
Just as the ability to get men to the Moon meant being able to deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere on Earth... the technology to deflect an asteroid means the ability to have a totally deniable 'natural disaster' take out an enemy so long as you're willing to spend a few billion on a plausible cover mission and wait a long time for the final blow to land.  And of course you're going to have to be able to make adjustments big enough to ensure you hit the right spot on a rotating planet while keeping them subtle enough that astronomers can't confidently confirm the trajectory is being artificially altered.

Still, I'd bet one of the reasons this technology is fundable is because of its potential as a weapon.
 
2022-01-26 5:22:52 PM  
Just stick some thrusters on the Earth and if we detect anything we can just zoom out of the way.
 
2022-01-26 5:49:58 PM  

Unsung_Hero: Just as the ability to get men to the Moon meant being able to deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere on Earth... the technology to deflect an asteroid means the ability to have a totally deniable 'natural disaster' take out an enemy so long as you're willing to spend a few billion on a plausible cover mission and wait a long time for the final blow to land.  And of course you're going to have to be able to make adjustments big enough to ensure you hit the right spot on a rotating planet while keeping them subtle enough that astronomers can't confidently confirm the trajectory is being artificially altered.

Still, I'd bet one of the reasons this technology is fundable is because of its potential as a weapon.


Buenos Aires has it coming
 
2022-01-26 6:05:14 PM  
So we fly out to the asteroid that's heading right for us, strap a hyperspace drive to it, and do a small hyperspace jump through the earth before impact. I've seen something similar in SG-1 so I know it's possible.
 
2022-01-26 6:43:26 PM  

New Farkin User Name: Buenos Aires has it coming


I want to know more.
 
2022-01-26 10:57:09 PM  
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2022-01-27 6:54:16 AM  

cabal_man: Just stick some thrusters on the Earth and if we detect anything we can just zoom out of the way.


Google "fusion candle".

Of course once/if we solve fusion technology we will no longer be able to be wiped out by a single asteroid.

If you want to learn about how close we are to making the stars our own watch some of the Isaac Arthur vids on YouTube.   If carbon nanotubes are as promising as they seem we could have a space elevator on earth in the next 100 years. Hell we have the tech and materials to build them on mars and the moon right now.
Even if we don't ever have the ability to put a space elevator on earth we have what it takes right now to set up some modest skyhooks which would nearly halve the escape velocity needed to get off planet.

We are so close, we just need to not fark it all away.
 
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