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Originally Posted by ahoundofhell View Post

All i have to say is thank you that its hitting mars and not the earth. thumb.gif
Because with the way we fund science in the world today we have no way of stopping something that big and fast in 5 years let alone 1 year.

Bruce Willis is still alive, we'd be ok.
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image earth getting hit with that































ok dont imagine that
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You read my mind. The problem is it take so long to go there. Almost 1 year. Most likely a 1 way trip if they fail.

That and it takes several years to build a ship to space. Much more for one that can blow the crap out of a comet.
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Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post

NASA JPL information on said comet. IF you set the date to the 19th of October 2014...it'll definitely come close. Not sure if it will hit though.

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=C%2F2013%20A1;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=1#orb

I just hope it hits where we have a rover able to see it.

Set it to the 20th and they overlap.
There's really nothing I want more than this to happen. The only way it could be better is if it crashed near Curiosity, simply because that thing can film/stream HD video. Who wouldn't want a video of a 50km-wide rock slamming into a planet biggrin.gif

Or at least I hope the mars image will see it. Anything really. I want pics biggrin.gif
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That and it takes several years to build a ship to space. Much more for one that can blow the crap out of a comet.

Aaaaand we don't have the technology figured out to make it happen. I guess if the time comes we could just build a giant garbage ball and strap it to a rocket, then fire it blindly into space.
    
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If it was close enough to film it, it would be the last thing that rover ever did
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

It really makes you appreciate life here on Earth. If this is true, we can forget teraforming Mars any time soon.
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Not necessarily... From what I understand a pretty common theory of terraforming involves a large strike like this to kick up debris and help build/rebuild the atmosphere. It's all speculation though, at this point.
Basically. Especially since Mars is believed to have significant amounts of frozen water under the surface, this could kick off a terraforming effort. Assuming there is bacterial life trapped in the ice that would have survived being frozen, unaided it could terraform the planet in tens of thousands of years. If we aided it by planting forests and such it might be possible to get it down to thousands or hundreds of years depending on how much of the surface we coated, but ultimately it would all depend on the amount of water vaporized by the blast. If this were to hit one of the polar ice caps it might be possible. Just need enough of an atmosphere to retain enough heat to melt the ice caps and with a large water supply, we could take it from there.

On a side note, that made me think. Could you imagine the prices on imported Martian water? Mr President, I have a suggestion on that debt situation...
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Wouldn't this be an opportunity to go and try to deflect this thing from hitting Mars to gain experience in case we needed to protect Earth from one? I'm also thinking something hitting Mars could affect the rest of the solar system.

If they left now, they wouldn't make it in time. Doesn't it take over a year to reach Mars at our current speeds?
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Wouldn't this be an opportunity to go and try to deflect this thing from hitting Mars to gain experience in case we needed to protect Earth from one? I'm also thinking something hitting Mars could affect the rest of the solar system.

Yeah.

It also would be tragically funny if we somehow screwed that up, and sent it on a path towards earth.
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If they left now, they wouldn't make it in time. Doesn't it take over a year to reach Mars at our current speeds?

Viking 1 (1976) – 335 days
Viking 2 (1976) – 360 days
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2006) – 210 days
Phoenix Lander (2008) – 295 days
Curiosity Lander (2012) – 253 days


Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/14841/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-to-mars/#ixzz2LyTdbDg7
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