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(Big Think)   NASA's DART mission is making its big asteroid impact today. Here's what makes asteroid redirection such a challenge   (bigthink.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Asteroid, Solar System, Near-Earth object, Earth, Jupiter, asteroid Dimorphos, NASA's DART mission, Tunguska-like event  
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2022-09-26 10:45:08 AM  
4 votes:
I wonder how certain they are that their experiment doesn't inadvertently put the target on an inevitable collision course with Earth?

/yeah, I know, big asteroid, tiny impactor, absurdly minute deviation
//butterfly effect, anyone?
 
2022-09-26 12:02:47 PM  
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2022-09-26 10:40:59 AM  
3 votes:
I think our best bet would be to send a scrappy crew of roughnecks who would drill a hole and drop a nuke to split the asteroid.
 
2022-09-26 12:29:13 PM  
2 votes:

mrmopar5287: Chief Superintendent Lookout: mrmopar5287: Chief Superintendent Lookout: a nuke to split the asteroid

Funny, but I thought nukes are an option to redirect an asteroid? Not by breaking it up, but by detonating it to deflect it if we do this long enough in advance. A nuclear weapon is a huge amount of energy we could use to alter the course of an asteroid.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0120591/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

I'm aware of the movie. I'm saying the movie is stupid but nuking an asteroid might not be.


Yeah, it kind of is.  All you do is create more falling objects, all of which will now be radioactive. AND you still don't get any significant change in direction.
 
2022-09-26 11:47:51 AM  
1 vote:

Ivo Shandor: KRSESQ: I wonder how certain they are that their experiment doesn't inadvertently put the target on an inevitable collision course with Earth?

/yeah, I know, big asteroid, tiny impactor, absurdly minute deviation
//butterfly effect, anyone?

100%, to lots of decimal places and over any relevant timescale.


Wait, you have a complete map of every single object in the solar system and you dont share?
 
2022-09-26 2:25:03 PM  
1 vote:

Chief Superintendent Lookout: What if we just collectively threw a bunch of rocks at the asteroid and then had all of the "MUH FREEDUMBS" yahoos fire their ARs, AKs, and shotguns at it.  Wouldn't that cause it to change trajectory?


I support sending them into space to find out.
 
2022-09-26 4:15:19 PM  
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Watch a Live Feed from NASA's DART Spacecraft on Approach to Asteroid Dimorphos
Youtube -6Z1E0mW2ag


My prediction. Getting closer, getting closer, getting closer, *poot*
 
2022-09-26 4:21:13 PM  
1 vote:
We're gonna NEED it, sheeple !

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