German schoolboy, 13, corrects NASA's asteroid figures

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  1. Julian Delphiki

    Julian Delphiki Anton's key

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    http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g6fIS_34_CxE8-vcC5GvbjD4MIOQ

    Damn smartass kid!

    1 in 450 .. should we worry? :hide:
     
  2. holy king

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    that's "highly improbable" but i wouldnt call it "almost impossible"... :p
     
  3. Julian Delphiki

    Julian Delphiki Anton's key

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    We need to clone Bruce Willis.
     
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    I'd much rather we cloned Liv Tyler...
     
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    Yes! one Liv Tyler for us all :D
     
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    raketooy professional Coke drinker

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    Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer and McGyver. Then all we have to take care of is that they won't get into a fight with each other. That'd be more dangerous than an asteroid hitting Earth.
     
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    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    There's no point in worrying about something we can do nothing about.
     
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    superslug Still hatin' on Khan Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    A satellite collision can change the trajectory of an asteroid? :dubious:
    That rock should be easy to deflect away then, right?
     
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    Yes we can. And we must prepare for it.
    Sadly not that easy. It's the Earth's gravity which causes some problems but by pulling it with a space tractor or diverting its course with our countless nukes would work.
     
  10. Julian Delphiki

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    Meh.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/16/esa_german_schoolboy_apophis_denial/

    We still should clone Liv Tyler. :yup:
     
  11. Honkoid

    Honkoid Honk of the hill

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    Where's a good Superman movie based on this asteroid?

    We need one!
     
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    No, what we need is cloned Liv Tylers. Lots of them.
     
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    We could always try to crash the Moon into Apophis. We could already start selling tickets for the viewing event :D
     
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    Maybe it would be easier to crash Apophis into the Moon, the moon being flippin' huge and all.
     
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    Totally agree!

    By the way, shouldn't we just nuke the thing so that it changes course? I know, we can build a giant laser on the moon and slowly destroy it!
     
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    Well, the Moon belongs to the Earth-Moon system, so legally speaking, it is owned by us. If you suddenly would want to crash Apophis into the Moon, you would force Apophis to do what it doesn't want to, and we would jeoperdise its souverainty. We'd have a ton of problems including space lawyers and all that. On the other hand we own the Moon, so we can do whatever we want to with it ;)
     
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    But Apophis will claim that the Moon crashed into it and sue the living hell outta us, who own the Moon.
     
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    Not if Apophis gets completely obliterated. Dead things can't sue.
     
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    Or we could adjust the positions of the satellites :p We already do it for solar flares IIRC. And quite frankly, I can do without a good GPS fix for a few days if it means I'm not facing near certain death in 2036.
     

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