Our science has not progressed enough to handle large space objects.

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  1. BANHAMMER

    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    Scientists have no idea when the next city-killing asteroid is coming – Quartz
     
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    harryneopotter NEO is my middle name ! Staff Member

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    sigh...kya fayda... !
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    We have developed satellite intercepting missiles that can be equipped with nuclear warheads to intercept such a bogey.

    However for any appreciable impact on such an object, it would have to be intercepted far from the earth, so that rather than trying to destroy it outright, a nudge to it's trajectory can be given so that it would Miss earth.

    That's like trying to hit a pea at the other end of a football field when it's coming towards you at a few hundred kms per hour.

    So Yeah we are doomed that ways. Someone keep Harry Stamper on speed dial.
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    The point this article makes is that we have to know about it a least a year early.
    This asteroid was detect by a Spanish dentist and not these fancy astronomer with fancy equipments, so if we fail to detect, there is no way we can take evasive action.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Nukes wont stop something moving THAT fast .. timing required to detonate a nuclear weapon in the upper atmosphere while trying to hit an object which travels about 15km in a second.

    Satellite launch vehicles achieve about 11.8 km/s when they're launched into orbit.
    Most importantly we can hardly track these meteors which are inbound ..
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    ^^ not to stop.. but to nudge its trajectory!
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Unless you plan to strike it way out in space .. for which you will need to launch days in advance. A Nuclear explosion in outer space will only generate heat & energy, there won't be any "force" in its explosion. Only way to deflect a meteor would be to strike it with an object of comparable momentum ..

    best bet is to quickly colonize another planet .. before big blue turns into space dust :)
     

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