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Collision Course: Europe Developing Asteroid Shield
Der Spiegel ^ | 01/26/2012 | Christoph Seidler

Posted on 01/26/2012 3:56:00 PM PST by Olog-hai

Next week, the Earth's residents can once again play the popular game of "What if?" What if a hunk of cosmic rock is out there on a collision course with Earth? At the moment, an asteroid labeled "(433) Eros" is rushing toward our planet on a course that will bring it relatively close, at least on a cosmic scale.

On the one hand, the chunk of rock—measuring 30 by 13 by 13 kilometers (19 by 8 by 8 miles)—is approaching Earth closer than any asteroid of this size has for a long time. But on the other, it is currently following a circular path far beyond the moon's orbit.

Many people might shudder to think of these silent giants. But then they will go on about their daily business, forgetting all about (433) Eros and others. After all, in statistical terms, the chances of an asteroid that size hitting the Earth are still rather slim.

Nevertheless, there are still some people who remain focused on this threat. Among them are Alan Harris and his colleagues at a newly formed consortium working on behalf of the European Union to develop "mitigation" strategies against potential cosmic killers. Harris, a planetary scientist at the German Aerospace Center's Berlin-based Institute of Planetary Research, is leading the three-year NEOShield project, with "NEO" being the acronym for "near-Earth object." …

In response to these worries, the European Commission recently decided to invest €4 million ($5.3 million) in the NEOShield project. An additional €1.8 million will come from scientific institutions and industry partners. Within three years' time, the experts hope to draw up a blueprint for a test mission. If it can find a financial backer, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the mission could be launched as early as 2020. …

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 433eros; asteroid; asteroidshield; catastrophism; europeanspaceagency; europeanunion; impact
Great stuff that the European Commission finds to blow money on.
1 posted on 01/26/2012 3:56:05 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
"Great stuff that the European Commission finds to blow money on."

This is not a waste of money. We should be spending billions, not millions, on the design/development/deployment of a technology to protect against asteroid hits.

If an asteroid comes our way, the billions we spent will be chump change compared to the trillions or quadrillions in damage we would avoid. If no asteroid comes our way we would have developed some interesting technology which might come in handy for a moon mission, mars mission, space mining, etc.

2 posted on 01/26/2012 4:06:27 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Olog-hai

Don’t worry Barry will give them OUR money


3 posted on 01/26/2012 4:07:51 PM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Olog-hai

“....an asteroid labeled “(433) Eros” is rushing toward our planet....”

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Is its arrival time 12/21/2012?

How ironic — Eros is known to have a hard on for the general population.


4 posted on 01/26/2012 4:08:36 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Olog-hai

An asteroid impact will happen at some point. Better to spend money on something like this than global warming.


5 posted on 01/26/2012 4:08:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
The Torchwood Institute already has the technology and will use it when ready.

6 posted on 01/26/2012 4:12:21 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Asteroids are the mothers of invention.

Tunguska size impacts are believed to happen at least every couple hundred years. Not a big deal in unpopulated early 1900s Siberia but a midwest impact today would be really bad.


7 posted on 01/26/2012 4:15:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 353FMG
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8 posted on 01/26/2012 4:17:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Vaquero
They may end up using this to justify their "carbon taxes" and "financial transaction taxes".

Or are they trying to repel the star called "Wormwood" mentioned in Revelation 8:10-11? Hmm.
9 posted on 01/26/2012 4:26:26 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Iran’s nuke ambitions are most likely more of a danger.


10 posted on 01/26/2012 4:27:30 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: cripplecreek
Your tag line:

Sir Thomas More
A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt.

One of my favorite lines from the play.

11 posted on 01/26/2012 4:31:15 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Olog-hai
"Iran’s nuke ambitions are most likely more of a danger."

I like eggs.

12 posted on 01/26/2012 4:40:27 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: cripplecreek
A little bit worse than having an asteroid hit us is to have one that settles into Earth orbit and regularly passes us at a very close distance.

2002 VE68 currently is co-orbital with Venus, but 7000 years ago it may well have been co-orbital with Earth. That coincides with all sorts of interesting events recorded/reflected in ancient literature, as well as tables of orbital observations made in ancient Sumer.

The references on the net suggest it is both an Earth-crosser and a Mercury-grazer (over the long haul) suggesting that it has a somewhat unstable orbit that brings it into close proximity to all the inner planets.

That boosts the chance of a collision right through the roof!

13 posted on 01/26/2012 4:41:13 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I know we gain small temporary moons in unstable orbits pretty often.


14 posted on 01/26/2012 4:53:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Olog-hai

To protect themselves from the falling Euro?


15 posted on 01/26/2012 5:03:36 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: Olog-hai

You would think most of them would want it over quickly so they can start over.


16 posted on 01/26/2012 5:11:17 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
If an asteroid comes our way, the billions we spent will be chump change compared to the trillions or quadrillions in damage we would avoid.

If an Eros-sized asteroid hits Earth there will be no human race to tax for damage repair. It would be pretty much a game-ender. Nearly all life on the planet would be annihilated. The Chicxulub asteroid thought to have killed off the dinosaurs was only about 8 miles in diameter. Eros is much bigger. It's only a matter of time and celestial mechanics until such an disaster occurs, and I agree preparations are needed.

17 posted on 01/26/2012 5:44:06 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Olog-hai

A shield won’t help:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zvCUmeoHpw


18 posted on 01/26/2012 5:59:12 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Bernard Marx

Technically its easy to prevent an asteroid impact. Its the money that gets us at this point. Given enough lead time, turning it a fraction of a degree or slowing it a by a few inches per hour is all it takes.

I personally think a gravitational tractor is the way to go.


19 posted on 01/26/2012 7:07:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
I'm not sure what the best means of deflecting an asteroid is. What I AM sure of is that before anything else, we need to find out what's out there and where.

I'm all in favor of recent budget increases for the Near Earth Object(NEO) tracking program. An estimated 10% of NEO's are currently unaccounted for. That's too big a margin for catastrophic error. We have the technology and brainpower to do much better.

Being clobbered by an asteroid again is a 100% certainty at some future time. So is so-called "climate change." The difference is we may be able to prevent an asteroid hit while climate change requires adaptation, not tax increases and international wealth redistribution.

20 posted on 01/26/2012 8:31:33 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.




21 posted on 01/26/2012 8:37:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Olog-hai
Or are they trying to repel the star called “Wormwood” mentioned in Revelation 8:10-11? Hmm

Wormwood?

...well they say that 'Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder'.

22 posted on 01/27/2012 3:32:16 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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