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Do you think any of our armed forces have air defense if one does slip in? Saying launching a missle to break it up into smaller pieces or possibly vanquishing the rock?


I think we could hit it...the biggest trouble is that it could be moving at incredibly high speeds relative to Earth. We might have to hit something traveling 10,000 km an hour with a rocket going 1000 km an hour if we had to hit it in the upper atmosphere. However, that isn't impossible.

If it was so large as to be a dooms day hit we would likely know about it well in advance and be able to hit it far away from earth. We wouldn't have to blow it up...just deflect it a bit and change its trajectory
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 12/12/12 at 8:11am
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Or we could shoot it with lasers.

If you can irradiate the surface with enough intensity to cause the material to essentially boil it will act just like a rocket engine - mv=MV. Do that enough in the right place and you can deflect the asteroid.

Of course you have to detect it first, and build the laser network / equipment. That is where politics gets in the way...
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It's not always how big it is, but what it's made of.
    
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It's not always how big it is, but what it's made of.

yeah even a small iron or nickle rock could be devastating, but even a mile wide "rock" that was mostly ice of some kind wouldn't be much of a threat. There was a big asteroid in the solar system that they thought even had a large amount of water ice.

Found the link for the water asteroid
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I think we could hit it...the biggest trouble is that it could be moving at incredibly high speeds relative to Earth. We might have to hit something traveling 10,000 km an hour with a rocket going 1000 km an hour if we had to hit it in the upper atmosphere. However, that isn't impossible.
If it was so large as to be a dooms day hit we would likely know about it well in advance and be able to hit it far away from earth. We wouldn't have to blow it up...just deflect it a bit and change its trajectory
Hell, blowing up a doomsday rock would be the worst possible plan, unless we could make sure to vaporize it. Otherwise, we'd have a whole lot of smaller but dangerous rocks coming at us instead of one. Deflecting it is the only real option.
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Hell, blowing up a doomsday rock would be the worst possible plan, unless we could make sure to vaporize it. Otherwise, we'd have a whole lot of smaller but dangerous rocks coming at us instead of one. Deflecting it is the only real option.

If you could blow it in to small enough chunks then the individual rocks would burn up in the atmosphere - problem if not solved then massivly reduced.
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post #17 of 94
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I think we could hit it...the biggest trouble is that it could be moving at incredibly high speeds relative to Earth. We might have to hit something traveling 10,000 km an hour with a rocket going 1000 km an hour if we had to hit it in the upper atmosphere. However, that isn't impossible.
If it was so large as to be a dooms day hit we would likely know about it well in advance and be able to hit it far away from earth. We wouldn't have to blow it up...just deflect it a bit and change its trajectory

Reminds me of Armageddon haha. I'm pretty sure the US government has some sort of air defense system setup for this kind of disaster that we the public just don't know about. I'm not up to date with this kind of news, but i haven't heard of any object hitting earth. There is tons of objects in space just floating around and moving along. Maybe we do have laser satellites in space eradicating astroids that come close. Will we know about it? Probably not since the government is so secretive about anything alien or space wise. Makes you think.
 
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Hell, blowing up a doomsday rock would be the worst possible plan, unless we could make sure to vaporize it. Otherwise, we'd have a whole lot of smaller but dangerous rocks coming at us instead of one. Deflecting it is the only real option.

Yeah I should have said "We couldn't blow it up" what I was thinking in my head. Anything massive enough to be a large threat to the Earth as we know it would far too large to vaporize...or to break into small enough pieces that it would not be a threat any more.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 12/12/12 at 8:52am
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There are crater marks on the moon from much larger objects hitting it and it has been fine thus far...of course none of them happened in recorded history. It is possible it used to be in a different orbit too.

Yessir! I did consider the craters, etc..., but you also threw in the counter-point to that smile.gif .

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Do you think any of our armed forces have air defense if one does slip in? Saying launching a missle to break it up into smaller pieces or possibly vanquishing the rock?

lachen.gif nope. but it has been done in a movie
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