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To: tlb

Apparently all of the other astronomers haven't been paying attention for quite a while. Or this one has the only working telescope.


46 posted on 10/09/2006 10:00:07 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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All of this is fun and games. BUT..

IF a real comet or asteroid was on a trajectory toward Earth-- And we had say 6 months till impact--

WOuld the powers-that-be REALLY stand around and do NOTHING??

Many here probably know that ICBM'S are NOT the answer:: They cannot get away from the Earth's orbital boundaries. To use one or more to destroy a comet would mean detonation RIGHT ABOVE the Earth--and that would leave thousands of pieces or radioactive debris raining down on the planet-- NOT AN ANSWER!!

However-- IF such a threat did arise, could not a number of SLV's (space launch vehicles) such as the Titan IV be fitted with one or more nukes of 1MT or larger, and sent out a week or 2 in advance, to rendezvous with the asteroid, most likely in a "necklace blast" or possibly a "stand-off blast" (after all-- you do NOT need to destroy the object--just send it away from the Earth)??

Or would they just sit around arguing and pretending there was no problem--until it was visible to the naked eye, by which time it is too late??
73 posted on 10/09/2006 10:12:22 PM PDT by Rca2000 (NEVER underestimate the power of the pajama party!!)
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