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(The Daily Beast)   Probably good news for doomsdayers, but NASA is shockingly unprepared for a world-ending asteroid   (thedailybeast.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Asteroid, Meteoroid, Near-Earth object, asteroid surveyors, potentially deadly near-Earth object, space program, then-Russian prime minister, decade of its launch  
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2022-09-27 9:40:32 AM  
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Yet NASA is unsurprisingly better prepared for it than anyone else.

When Musk and Bezos begin diverting asteroids in deep space, let us know.
 
2022-09-27 9:40:53 AM  
6 votes:
Did we tell NASA that world ending asteroids were their problem? Did we provide a legal mandate and funding appropriate to the scope of the problem to enable them to plan and make the necessary preparations? I'm guessing probably not.
 
2022-09-27 9:46:44 AM  
5 votes:
This whole article is predicated on the assumption that there is a way to be prepared, that detecting and destroying/moving a world-ending astroid is possible.

Not that I'm a fatalist, but there are a lot of things in the universe that are completely out of our control and could suddenly end all life on Earth.
 
2022-09-27 10:10:16 AM  
4 votes:
Hot Fudge Sundae falls on a Tuesdae this month.
 
2022-09-27 10:44:50 AM  
2 votes:
I hate to break it to you, Tony -- can I call you Tony? -- but we're far more likely to bring about our own demise than an asteroid doing the job for us.  The experts have been trying to tell us for decades how to protect ourselves from our "collective doom" in the form of our almost complete disregard for the environment, but few have cared enough to listen to them.  Rest assured, Tony, that should an extinction-level asteroid hit Earth, we probably won't be here to witness it.
 
2022-09-27 10:49:27 AM  
1 vote:

Dhusk: Yet NASA is unsurprisingly better prepared for it than anyone else.

When Musk and Bezos begin diverting asteroids in deep space, let us know.


Well, DART was launched on a Falcon 9 so Musk did have something to do with it

Waiting eagerly for the cubesat photos- the ground based stuff makes it look like there was a *huge* debris plume so it might well have been a Bennu-like liquid rubble pile.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1574583529731670021
 
2022-09-27 10:55:39 AM  
1 vote:
We were unprepared for the last 10,000 years or so of our history so no big.
 
2022-09-27 10:57:31 AM  
1 vote:

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Hot Fudge Sundae falls on a Tuesdae this month.


Great book until things get all Libertariany.
 
2022-09-27 11:00:20 AM  
1 vote:
It's obvious that NASA is shockingly unprepared?

Isn't that an oxymoron?
 
2022-09-27 2:21:22 PM  
1 vote:

Dhusk: Yet NASA is unsurprisingly better prepared for it than anyone else.

When Musk and Bezos begin diverting asteroids in deep space, let us know.


You DO know that SpaceX launched DART mission, right?
 
2022-09-27 4:21:28 PM  
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Dhusk: akallen404: You DO know that SpaceX launched DART mission, right?


You DO know that NASA has launched thousands of missions into space without SpaceX, right?  If there had been no SpaceX NASA would have just launched the DART mission by other means.

Don't confuse the rider for the horse.


Though by no other measure than cost-per-kilo, I'm glad SpaceX exists.

Tail landing reusable rockets are also a nice development that might have taken a long time to happen under the old status quo, too.
 
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