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hit the moon !
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I think we should nuke it.
Blowing up the asteroid into pieces is not a good idea since you could have multiple pieces entering multiple locations on Earth. If you push/deflect the asteroid with even a small amount of force if it is far away enough from Earth, you could change the course of the asteroid to miss Earth.

This asteroid is not going to hit us so we should not nuke it. However, the Apophis asteroid is something we can do about if it confirmed that it will collide with Earth in 2029-2036 (circa).
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can we guide it towards bradford,
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Deep Impact
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What if, we used that big laser thing that was on that other thread...and vaporized the Asteroid!
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What if, we used that big laser thing that was on that other thread...and vaporized the Asteroid!
Or we could tear the very fabric of vacuum in front of it, and make it go there!

That's what it must be for! They knew all along that Apophis is going to hit earth.
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What if, we used that big laser thing that was on that other thread...and vaporized the Asteroid!
Love the idea, however you would have to make it mobile, as the range is limited.

Launch the materials to the space station and build it there, then have a new spaceship tow it near Apophis?

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Or we could tear the very fabric of vacuum in front of it, and make it go there!

That's what it must be for! They knew all along that Apophis is going to hit earth.
conspiracy! conspiracy! conspiracy!
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I wonder if it was actually going to hit the earth:
- Would they tell us?
- Would they even be able to stop it?

A astroid this size would wipe out all/majority of life if I remember the research I did on this a few years back.

EDIT: I was far off.

Here's the results:
Transient Crater Diameter: 7.23 km ( = 4.49 miles )
Transient Crater Depth: 2.56 km ( = 1.59 miles )
Final Crater Diameter: 9.4 km ( = 5.84 miles )
Final Crater Depth: 581 meters ( = 1910 feet )
Thanks, now i have to go watch deep impact.
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I'd still say, launch something like a data collector with cameras onto the asteroid, and let it stay there. Piggyback it across the solar system and places beyond. Guess its easier said than done =/
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