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Possible threat to Earth by asteroids among issues at UN debate on outer space
The Sofia Echo ^ | Friday, October 15, 2010 | staff

Posted on 10/16/2010 5:10:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A United Nations working group is currently looking into how the UN should respond to possible threats to the planet from near-earth objects, such as asteroids, Mazlan Othman, the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on October 14 2010, the UN News Service said.

She said that the working group -- within the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space -- is expected to come up with recommendations which would be presented to the General Assembly for UN member states to make a decision on response to near-earth objects...

She said the Vienna-based Committee is also discussing space debris, among other issues, and long-term sustainability of space exploration... Other topics on the Committee’s agenda include benefits of space technology, space and water, and space and climate change.

She said she could not rule out the possibility that some kind of life may exist somewhere in outer space, given the large number of galaxies and extra-solar planets out there... adding that she believed that if that was indeed the case, the UN, through UNOOSA would then support UN member states in discussing the issue.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: asteroid; asteroids; catastrophism
Photo: Reuters

Possible threat to Earth by asteroids among issues at UN debate on outer space

1 posted on 10/16/2010 5:10:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 10/16/2010 5:11:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Perhaps we can make a law mandating everyone buy asteroid insurance.


3 posted on 10/16/2010 5:12:45 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage

Never you mind. I keep a big tube of Preparation A on hand for just such emergencies as these.


4 posted on 10/16/2010 5:22:59 PM PDT by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!)
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To: SunkenCiv

So my tax dollars are going to pay some UN functionary to figure out a proposal (that will have to be reviewed by several layers of command, each getting paid more and more money) for how to deal with an asteroid strike? Presumably it will be something a heck of a lot longer than “put your head between your legs and kiss you a** goodbye”. Why do I bother earning any money at this point to have it pay for this idiocy?????


5 posted on 10/16/2010 5:23:12 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: SunkenCiv

What, pray tell, is the UN going to do about the asteroids? They think they’re God.


6 posted on 10/16/2010 5:24:38 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

UN - PBS - Just another appeal for more money!


7 posted on 10/16/2010 5:27:44 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup
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To: madison10

Given the bulk of the UN are backwards , barbaric, Islamic third world nations who have not contributed to science ~ perhaps they should call the Israelis for advice.


8 posted on 10/16/2010 5:28:24 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: SunkenCiv

I see these asteroids drawing a bead on us as a bigger threat to the planet than people exaling CO2. But what do I know? I’m no “brilliant” junk “scientist” like the global warmer boys and girls.


9 posted on 10/16/2010 5:31:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Public Servants Gone Wild".)
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To: rockvillem

Who said space travel has to have “long term sustainability”?
I am so sick of the way leftists talk. Sustainable space travel is an issue for the 22nd century to discuss not right now!


10 posted on 10/16/2010 5:32:24 PM PDT by omega4179 (Rino hunt 2010!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
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11 posted on 10/16/2010 5:36:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Whoever gets the technology to deflect an asteroid will rule the world.

You can deflect them away...or toward, if you are not good, you nasty little powerless people!


12 posted on 10/16/2010 5:49:55 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: rockvillem

Maybe they agree with Raum Emanuel that you should never let a crisis go to waste. And if you don’t have a crisis—make one up. Perhaps, if the global warming scare doesn’t work they will use this to scare us into a global government. Prepare for more of the same.


13 posted on 10/16/2010 5:51:49 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: SunkenCiv

Global warming didn’t fly - so now here’s another chance for Gore, et al, to make up for their lo$$e$.


14 posted on 10/16/2010 5:54:49 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SunkenCiv

Nah this is just the UN hoping that an asteroid will arrive so they can declare planetary martial law.


15 posted on 10/16/2010 6:05:09 PM PDT by Soothesayer (“None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license...")
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To: SunkenCiv

What we need is a world tax to help fund the UN in looking out for us folks.

With NASA having been changed to Muslim Aeronautics and Space Administration, this all seems to fit like a glove.

All of the great changes that Obama has brought about is just so darn exciting.


16 posted on 10/16/2010 6:09:42 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012. Kill "Obamamosque"@ Ground Zero)
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To: SunkenCiv

Asteroids threatening Earth? Let Massachusetts handle it, they’ll call it hate speech.


17 posted on 10/16/2010 6:44:05 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv
I Have No Problem With That. I'll Take Care Of It.

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18 posted on 10/16/2010 7:46:19 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("My Savior Is Tougher Than Nails." - and I'm still Molly Norris")
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To: SunkenCiv
Need I say it ?

All together now ...

BUSH'S FAULT !!!

19 posted on 10/16/2010 8:05:36 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SunkenCiv

20 posted on 10/16/2010 8:22:37 PM PDT by seawolf101
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To: DBrow

Are you crazy?!

One average near-earth asteroid contains enough platinum group metal ore equal in wealth to the entire world’s annual product. That, my friend, is a hell of a lot of moolah.

In France, farmers took to eating snails as a way to control pests in their vegetable gardens. That is a good idea to emulate. We should treat asteroids the same way French farmers treat snails - consume them!

Besides, there is a lot of money to be made out in space. To Hell with space tourism.


21 posted on 10/16/2010 8:36:14 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

I’m all in favor of asteroid mining. I’ve advocated it here and other places for years.

I was commenting on how much military/political power you’d have if you could land a big rock wherever you wanted, from city-killers to making a continent or two lifeless.

The UN will NEVER mine space. But let them land Tunguska on those who don’t go along and they’ll sign up, for the children.


22 posted on 10/16/2010 8:41:54 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Beowulf9

;’)


23 posted on 10/16/2010 9:25:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: DBrow

Yer not just a-kiddin’.

A 100-yard diameter rock could be parked at, say, L5, and held in reserve. While it would not be a quick launch, giving it a push using a really large plasma drive (not yet demoed) at just the right time and in the correct direction would deliver it basically without warning to a target area.

Wouldn’t have to be basketball-hoop accurate.

Boom! Major city erased.

And it would look like a natural event.


24 posted on 10/16/2010 9:29:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: seawolf101

Now *that* is an evil-looking face.


25 posted on 10/16/2010 9:30:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I think Barringer was a 100 meter rock- it probably wiped everything in a 200 mile circle!


26 posted on 10/16/2010 9:39:35 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: DBrow

It was something like that in size I think you’re right. I’d like to read a definitive dating of the impact event, which may have been a handful of thousands of years, or in excess of 20K.


27 posted on 10/17/2010 8:35:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: seawolf101

Gore is involved with asteroid delfection? Is that why his hooker (john) alias is Mr. Stone?


28 posted on 10/17/2010 8:39:35 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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