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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_russia_asteroid_encounter

    Well this is certainly interesting. Russia might try to alter the asteroid trajectory, but isn't there a chance that it could knock it closer to Earth's path? It sounds like potential for another space race, because I'm sure there are plenty of countries whom would love to be theoretically known as "the nation that saved Earth."




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    Re: Russia targets Apophis

    Isn’t this playing Russian roulette (pun intended) for real?

    NASA had put the chances that Apophis could hit Earth in 2036 as 1-in-45,000. In October, after researchers recalculated the asteroid's path, the agency changed its estimate to 1-in-250,000.

    NASA said another close encounter in 2068 will involve a 1-in-330,000 chance of impact.

    "It wasn't anything to worry about before. Now it's even less so," said Steve Chesley, an astronomer with the Near Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


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      Re: Russia targets Apophis

      That's a pretty small percentage, how about we do something when it's closer to hit.




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        Re: Russia targets Apophis

        But if they manage to do it, who will run TG?

        Oh, wait, wrong Apophis. ;)

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          And here I was expecting some "In Soviet Russia, Apophis runs you!" type of deal...

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            I heard about this on the radio yesterday, and the interviewee expressed the concern that changing the orbit to make it pass further away on this pass might make it approach closer on a future pass, increasing the odds of collision.

            Now you might think that deferring the risk is a good thing, but suppose then that some event kills our tech base for a few centuries and we lose space capability for the next pass? Such an event might be the eruption of Yellowstone, or a tsunami from a Canary Islands landslide. Or even a comet strike from deep space, where we'd have much less warning.
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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              Re: Russia targets Apophis

              2012 approaches..
              |TG|ARMA Pathfinder
              ..now where did I put my keys?

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