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Originally Posted by redxmaverick View Post

Perhaps meteor will hit Mars and chunk of Mars flying past Earth so we can mine the crap out of it.
It's a comet so it won't become a meteor, and if this comet enters Mars atmosphere it doesn't have the power to escape it itself, no less cause impact debris that has the necessary escape velocity.
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We always talk about deflecting comets and asteroids to save our own planet.

... This could be a chance to try and learn. Because when it comes time for us I'm sure we all would wish we had the experience. I sure know I would.
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I hope they will be able to get some kinda video footage, that would be absolutely amazing to watch! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by slipstream808 View Post

We always talk about deflecting comets and asteroids to save our own planet.

... This could be a chance to try and learn. Because when it comes time for us I'm sure we all would wish we had the experience. I sure know I would.

In the case of an extinction event, significant portions (but lets be honest, not all) of the population would band together to fix it. Global problem, global solution. Saving Mars on an exceptionally short time scale that would rival a war in cost? No one is going to band together, it'll be "your idea, you pay for it". Making people feel safe is a very lucrative business, and today's society won't put that aside for anything that isn't a direct threat to the sun rising on humanity tomorrow. Here's hoping that they would if it was. drunken.gif
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Quickly! We need to construct a galactic slingshot to catch the comet and throw it back at whoever lobbed it our way.

BUGS MAN! IT'S BUGS!
     
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Quickly! We need to construct a galactic slingshot to catch the comet and throw it back at whoever lobbed it our way.

BUGS MAN! IT'S BUGS!

Hahaha i love that movie biggrin.gif Starship Troopers thumb.gif
    
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not to mention, seeing a comet smash into mars on an epic scale is much more exciting to study than to deflect it and watch the stupid comet miss frown.gif
Why not both?

Deflect it so that it's 100% sure to hit mars biggrin.gif

We get to test asteroid/comet deflecting tech AND we get to see mars get hit by it. Its win/win.
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It's a comet so it won't become a meteor, and if this comet enters Mars atmosphere it doesn't have the power to escape it itself, no less cause impact debris that has the necessary escape velocity.

Might want to revise your statement. Meteorites originating from Mars are not unheard of. To originate from Mars these objects had to have been ejected by an impact. The point here is that the object being ejected need to reach a point in space where the force of gravity exerted by the mass of the planet is zero. An object that can purportedly excavate a 500km diameter crater would have no difficulty ejecting material into space.

It is absolutely possible for an object to enter the atmosphere of a planet and still escape that planet's gravity well. There is quite a bit of speculation with regards to terraforming regarding atmospheric thickening by skipping multiple comets off a planet's atmosphere or into the planet itself.

Edit: Typo.
Edited by BenC - 3/1/13 at 12:58pm
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Might want to revise your statement. Meteorites originating from Mars are not unheard of. To originate from Mars these objects had to have been ejected by an impact. The point here is that the object being ejected need to reach a point in space where the force of gravity exerted by the mass of the planet is zero. An object that can purportedly excavate a 500km diameter crater would have no difficulty ejecting material into space.

It is absolutely possible for an object to enter the atmosphere of a planet and still escape that planet's gravity well. There is quite a bit of speculation with regards to terraforming regarding atmospheric thickening by skipping multiple comets off a planet's atmosphere or into the planet itself.

Edit: Typo.

this is definitely the best suggestion. get him to nasa pronto!
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terraforming was always the boring part of Spore.
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