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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
08-12-2009, 06:17 PM,
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
Quote:NASA is supposed to seek out almost all the asteroids that threaten Earth but lacks the money to do the job, a federal report says.

That is because even though Congress assigned the space agency this mission four years ago, it never gave NASA money to build the necessary telescopes, says the report released on Wednesday by the National Academy of Sciences.

Specifically, NASA has been ordered to spot 90 per cent of potentially deadly rocks hurtling through space by 2020.

Even without the money, NASA says it has completed about one-third of its assignment with its current telescope system.

The agency estimates that about 20,000 asteroids and comets in Earth's solar system bigger than 140 metres in diameter are potential threats to the planet. So far, scientists know where about 6,000 of the objects are.

Rocks between 140 metres and 1,000 metres in diameter can devastate an entire region but not the entire globe, said Lindley Johnson, NASA's manager of the near-Earth objects program. Objects bigger than that are even more threatening, of course.
Just last month, astronomers were surprised when an object of unknown size and origin bashed into Jupiter and created an Earth-sized bruise that still is spreading. Jupiter gets slammed more often than Earth because of its immense gravity, enormous size and location.

Disaster movies like Armageddon and near-misses in previous years frightened people and alerted them to a serious issue. But when it comes to doing something about monitoring the threat, the academy concluded, "There has been relatively little effort by the US government."

And the US government is practically the only government doing anything at all, the report found.

"It shows we have a problem we're not addressing," said Louis Friedman, executive director of the Planetary Society, an advocacy group.

NASA calculated that to spot the asteroids as required by law would cost about $US800 million ($A965 million) between now and 2020, either with a new ground-based telescope or a space observation system, Johnson said. If NASA received only $US300 million ($A362 million), it could find most asteroids bigger than 300 metres across, he said.

But so far NASA has gotten neither.

It may never get the money, said John Logsdon, a space policy professor at George Washington University.

"The program is a little bit of a lame duck," Logsdon said. There is not a big enough group pushing for the money, he said.

At the moment, NASA has identified about five near-Earth objects that pose better than a 1-in-a-million risk of hitting the planet and being big enough to cause serious damage, Johnson said.

That number changes from time to time, usually with new asteroids added and old ones removed as more information is gathered on their orbits.

The space rocks astronomers are most alert to are a 130-metre diameter rock that has a 1-in-3,000 chance of hitting Earth in 2048 and a much-talked about asteroid, Apophis, which is twice that size and has a 1-in-43,000 chance of hitting in 2036, 2037 or 2069.

Last month, NASA started a new website for the public to learn about threatening near-Earth objects: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/8491...iller-asteroids
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08-12-2009, 07:07 PM,
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
interesting. thanks
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08-13-2009, 12:58 PM,
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
ah, the famous "asteroid-will-destroy-earth" fund raising agenda to weaponize space gets a new impulse. For more on asteroid "Apophis" (-> the "devil" in Akhenaton's religion, -which later became Judaism through the egyptian adept Moses) watch Freeman's "Obama, Cloning & the Coming Space War"
http://tracker.conspiracycentral.net/torre...ils.php?id=8379
or
http://tracker.conspiracycentral.net/torre...ils.php?id=8803
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08-13-2009, 03:21 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-13-2009, 03:27 PM by ---.)
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
Quote:ah, the famous "asteroid-will-destroy-earth" fund raising agenda to weaponize space gets a new impulse. For more on asteroid "Apophis" (-> the "devil" in Akhenaton's religion, -which later became Judaism through the egyptian adept Moses) watch Freeman's "Obama, Cloning & the Coming Space War"
http://tracker.conspiracycentral.net/torre...ils.php?id=8379
or
http://tracker.conspiracycentral.net/torre...ils.php?id=8803

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08-14-2009, 03:04 PM,
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids

Isn't it odd, that the sucker supposedly crosses earth's orbit twice a year since creation, but they discovered the 'devil' not before the 23. Dec.(!) 2004 for the first time. And then they claim to have been taken by surprise with its close appearance in April...? Stinks!

Malevolent Aliens next!
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08-16-2009, 03:52 AM,
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
2029 eh? So much for 2012! :rolleyes:
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08-16-2009, 04:17 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-16-2009, 04:21 AM by ---.)
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NASA 'can't cope' with killer asteroids
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if it goes through the keyhole in 2929 and then comes round on a collision course on April 13, 2036..I think it's a Friday too..but this software is saying that's not the case should the 2929 thing happen.

Maybe it will come into an orbit though and humanity will have that as an enemy that all can concentrate on getting out of the way. lol
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