#1
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/09/apophis-asteroid-2036-video_n_820800.html

Even though it's a small chance, it's still a possible chance. When will we have the technology to move threatening meteors or somehow stop them from hitting us? Is this possible? Are we even trying to create something that will? I think we should, and I'm sure if we tried we could make something but...

By we I mean scientists and engineers and all the people that make this sorta stuff.
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#2
After the first one hits and everyone's like "oh we need to stop this from ever happening again!"
#3
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#4
When our society stops wasting vast amounts of resources on pointless warfare and gets rid of the massive bureaucracy and economic elite who do absolutely nothing positive for the world. That would free up trillions of dollars to put into space research.
#6
Obviously you've never watched the documentary Armageddon or you would know we already have the technology to do so.
#7
I think...tomorrow.

Yeah the Scientific Scientist League of Scientists recently said it'd be tomorrow. I'll try to find the link.
#8
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Yeah the Scientific Scientist League of Scientists recently said it'd be tomorrow. I'll try to find the link.


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Obviously you've never watched the documentary Armageddon or you would know we already have the technology to do so.


Exactly, we'll just send BP up there to blow it up.
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If the meteor is big enough, all it will do is make a huge crater on it. Does the earth blow up if use nukes? And if does blow the meteor up, we'll have thousands of smaller meteors raining down on us, possibly causing even more damage.
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#11
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Obviously you've never watched the documentary Armageddon or you would know we already have the technology to do so.


Have you ever seen some of the other documentaries that Willis guy has presented?
He's bloody insane.
#12
About when we have the tech to stop earthquakes from happening.

So never.
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Goddammit. You're one of those people? The SSSLSSS is a JOKE around the Super Scientific Community. Check your sources better brah.
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If the meteor is big enough, all it will do is make a huge crater on it. Does the earth blow up if use nukes? And if does blow the meteor up, we'll have thousands of smaller meteors raining down on us, possibly causing even more damage.

Lots of nukes in the core

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#15
I suspect they have some plans/measures in place if it should ever happen, but yeah it wouldn't be anything 100% because the situation hasn't arose(sp?) yet.
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No. Blowing it up could be a disaster, instead of one big meteor hitting, you have a shower of medium-sized ones wrecking havoc over continents. Plus, they're now radioactive.
#19
As horrible as this is, wouldnt that be the craziest thing to witness: to see an asteroid hit the Earth. If a huge one hit in the ocean it would probably create tidal waves hundreds of feet high! THAT would be INSANE! Not that I would ever want to see it, but if that was the last thing I saw before I die, that would be some crazy stuff.

But anyways, I think that if one was on a collision course with us, everything in the world would stop and many of the scientists, engineers, etc would come together in a collective effort and have many different ideas that we would have to try out and one of them would more than likely succeed, unless this was an Armageddon asteroid the size of Texas. We would be screwed if one that big was headed towards us...
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As horrible as this is, wouldnt that be the craziest thing to witness: to see an asteroid hit the Earth. If a huge one hit in the ocean it would probably create tidal waves hundreds of feet high! THAT would be INSANE! Not that I would ever want to see it, but if that was the last thing I saw before I die, that would be some crazy stuff.


Yes, that would be the last thing most of us would see.
#23
What if were made a barrier around the surface of the earth made of a highly reactive gas, so when the meteor comes in contact with it at a high velocity, it will disintegrate?
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#24
I'm not really a huge Pink Floyd fan (excluding the Syd Barrett years), but damn that was a cool video in that article in OP. Even if it probably isn't realistic or anything.
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What if were made a barrier around the surface of the earth made of a highly reactive gas, so when the meteor comes in contact with it at a high velocity, it will disintegrate?


Space Environmentalists would do their best to prevent that idea from ever happening.
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What if were made a barrier around the surface of the earth made of a highly reactive gas, so when the meteor comes in contact with it at a high velocity, it will disintegrate?

That is the dumbest idea ever. If it did work we would be safe from a meteor but then we would still die with all the gases and shit.
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If the meteor is big enough, all it will do is make a huge crater on it. Does the earth blow up if use nukes? And if does blow the meteor up, we'll have thousands of smaller meteors raining down on us, possibly causing even more damage.



all we have to do is "push" it in another direction, put enough rocket engines on it and it will never even reach earth, besides your earth comparison is flawed, the biggest asteroids that could hit us at the moment aren't nearly as big as the earth
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#28
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That is the dumbest idea ever. If it did work we would be safe from a meteor but then we would still die with all the gases and shit.


It's kinda funny, I tried as hard as I could to give away I was talking about the atmosphere but not actually give it away.

The atmosphere protects us from hundreds of smaller asteroids all the time, that's what 'shooting stars' are. The light you see from them is them rapidly heating up and disintegrating in the atmosphere, either complete or into small enough pieces that no harm can be done. And oxygen is the highly reactive gas.

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#29
Well, I believe a few megaton warheads if detonated at a specific angle could alter the trajectory of the meteor/asteroid, even an inch could do wonders if the space object is far away.
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#30
The best bet isn't to destroy the meteor, it's to catch it when it's way too far away and use a miniscule gravitational pull to change its trajectory just enough to make it miss.
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The best bet isn't to destroy the meteor, it's to catch it when it's way too far away and use a miniscule gravitational pull to change its trajectory just enough to make it miss.


Our posts are exactly the same :P
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Our posts are exactly the same :P

Not really. Mine's a little easier because it doesn't require explosives; you just fly a spacecraft next to the asteroid and the tiny gravitational pull alters the trajectory very slightly.
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#33
what we need is some kind of big ball of some sort, and sort of shoot it at that there asteroid in an effort to move it off it's path. we could make a big catapult like the Hubble telescope.
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#34
Hopefully before the human race is wiped out by said meteor.
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#39
But think about it a meteor to be able to entre the atmosphere, it has to be pretty big. And blowing up a big meteor won't make a lot of really tiny ones?