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#1 Hum

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 20:46

A newly announced private space telescope mission aims to reduce Earth's vulnerability to catastrophic asteroid strikes, which the instrument's builders regard as unacceptably high.

The Sentinel space telescope, which the nonprofit B612 Foundation hopes to launch in 2017 or 2018, may identify 500,000 near-Earth asteroids in less than six years of operation — quite a feat, considering that just 10,000 such space rocks have been catalogued to date.

This asteroid-mapping work is vitally important, B612 officials say, because some big and dangerous space rocks undoubtedly have Earth's name on them.

"They have hit the Earth in the past and will do so in the future, unless we do something about it," former astronaut Ed Lu, B612's chairman and CEO, told reporters Thursday (June 28).

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 21:20

A newly announced private space telescope mission aims to reduce Earth's vulnerability to catastrophic asteroid strikes, which the instrument's builders regard as unacceptably high.


Not that we could do much about it if we saw it coming.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 21:28

Oh yeah?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpgxry542M

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 21:33

Not that we could do much about it if we saw it coming.


Nuke 'em all :shifty:

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:26

We could send in Bruce Willis.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:33

We could send in Bruce Willis.


Only if Ben Affleck goes with him!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 15:04

Nuke 'em all :shifty:



That would be the worst option..

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 15:11