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Congress Calls for Asteroid Action Plan

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vincent    155
The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations has called upon NASA to delve into how best to address the threat to Earth from incoming asteroids and comets.

In the full committee's report on Fiscal Year 2006 Science, State, Justice Appropriations Bill, the document directs NASA to submit a report to the Committee, within 120 days, that outlines efforts taken to date by NASA to detect and characterize the hazards of Earth orbit-crossing asteroids and comets.

The Committee also calls upon the space agency to assess "what actions would be necessary to put in place capabilities to expand detection and tracking of such Earth orbit-crossing objects."

Lastly, the Committee has requested that the space agency report on what actions are needed to address the potential threat from asteroid and comet impacts.

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yes people, the threat is very real.

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Rob2687    72

All we need is Bruce Willis :D

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Vice    1,593

Stuff that once the vulcans get here we all be sipping tea.

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Boffa Jones    0
yes people, the threat is very real.

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It really takes the idea out of the back of yoru head when the government pays attention. This is a scary thing, because we have no real control over comets et cetera. I wonder if we could actually do anything were a meteor to come at us....

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vincent    155
It really takes the idea out of the back of yoru head when the government pays attention. This is a scary thing, because we have no real control over comets et cetera. I wonder if we could actually do anything were a meteor to come at us....

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Asteroid deflection ideas

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Viserov    0

It's not an asteroid; they are abductees from the future.

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Danny1810    0

I'd prefer the money was spent on fixing things that are killing people right now

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Hupp    0
All we need is Bruce Willis :D

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yeah cause in robot chicken i learned that harrison ford and aerosmith cannot do it alone... :D

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Deathray    4
I'd prefer the money was spent on fixing things that are killing people right now

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that way... when an asteroid or comet destroys this world, at least it will destroy a happy place? smart...

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vincent    155
I'd prefer the money was spent on fixing things that are killing people right now

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There are a many other known asteroids that cross Earth's orbit (about 300 have been indentified at present) read this

The bad news is that astronomer and amatuers probably have discovered only a fraction of the total number of Earth-crossing asteroids, so there are many for which we do not know the orbit. One estimate is that the entire population of Earth-crossing asteroids includes some 1500 larger than one kilometer and 135,000 larger than 100 meters in diameter.

One such Earth-crossing asteroid is Toutatis. Its eccentric, four-year orbit extends from just inside the Earth's orbit to the main asteroid belt, and the plane of Toutatis' orbit lies closer to the plane of the Earth's orbit than any other Earth-crossing asteroid presently known. On September 29, 2004, Toutatis will pass by the Earth at a distance of only 4 times the distance to the Moon---the closest approach to Earth of any known asteroid or comet between now and 2060. The asteroid's frequent close approaches to Earth render its orbit chaotic, so that its trajectory more than several centuries into the future cannot be predicted accurately

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tuckeratlarge    144

All you need is a small triangular spaceship shaped like an "A". Watch out for the alien spaceships though.

Like this....

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chmsant    0

This is almost as bad as a week ago when Congress decided that it was the US's responsibility to police space....

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nwmma    0
All we need is Bruce Willis :D

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HAHAHAHAHA

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Viserov    0
All you need is a small triangular spaceship shaped like an "A". Watch out for the alien spaceships though.

Like this....

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:rofl: :rofl:

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lav-chan    0
This is almost as bad as a week ago when Congress decided that it was the US's responsibility to police space....

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What the hell are you talking about?

(1) Are you seriously complaining about a country wanting to have some kind of plan in case an asteroid is about to crash into Earth?

(2) Are you seriously complaining about a country wanting to keep its citizens from shooting gigantic advertisements into orbit?

Jesus Christ, find something new to gripe about.

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Brandon Live    232

Duh...

Just have McGuyver open a hyperspace window right in front of the asteroid so that it reappears in normal space on the other side of the earth.

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xxpor    0

^ no!! make a duct tape sheld for the earth

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LOC    1,170

All we need is the Enterprise-E to come along with a few Quantum Torpedoes. Bingo.

But in all seriousness, it is good that the government is taking this seriously, because it WILL happen eventually. Whether its in our lifetime, that's another story (I hope not, oh man)

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