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I think that our current, best option, is long lasting booster like rockets that can start pushing it into a slightly different path, years before it's estimated collision date. But there's no such thing, I just think that it's the most viable, opposed to what some scientists speculated, like making a gigantic mirror to focus light on it so it would slowly burn and drift or the make a gigantic spaceship with 4x1km long tentacles that grab it and slowly push the asteroid... Hm..
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and...so what. if it was going to hit tomorrow or in 10 years there aint a whole lot we could do about it.
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*Phew* Good thing the world will end in 2012 so we won't have to deal with this.

This.
     
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24 years to mount a Giant Laser on the moon!
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Originally Posted by [\/]Paris;12362741 
Or perhaps they just used math and a trajectory model to come up with an educated prediction. *gasp*

A prediction that I guarantee will be wrong. They were better off using Dionne Warwick and her psychic friends.
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hmmm sounds all to familair to the movie ...Armeggedon ...i liked that movie too! tongue.gif
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cool are we gonna make another dumb movie off of this event that's not gonna happen too?
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post #128 of 144
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Originally Posted by captain_clayman;12375561 
cool are we gonna make another dumb movie off of this event that's not gonna happen too?

Yeah...Really. The only thing crazier would be...let's see.... I know! cool.gif A comet, and for good measure one discovered by amateur astronomers cigar.gif and oh yeah it gets smashed into like 21 fragments by gravitic tidal forces right? cigar.gif (Whoa!) and there just happens to be a robotic probe in the vicinity cigar.gif and they all smash into Mars... NO! JUPITER!, yeah that's it, while all of Earth watches on TV, Dude, and oh yeah that's cuz it happens in our lifetime, too. Sweet biggrin.gif Yeah I guess that is way too far-fetched. oneeyedsmiley02.png
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post #129 of 144
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Originally Posted by EvanPitts;12370727 
I wouldn't put that much faith in our inferior grade of technology. Asteroids are not easy to destroy, especially the ones that are a solid chunk of iron, which is only a little easier to destroy than the ones that are a solid chunk of iron-nickel alloy. It is incredibly tough stuff, and it is hard enough to machine such stuff in a properly equipped machine shop - yet another matter to try to do it at 69,000 MPH on something the size of a domed stadium.

Of course, even if we had the technology - Congress would fillibuster the bill needed to fund such a thing because there would be some pork barrel items to build in the home districts for the next election...

Don't worry I'm sure the SGC will call the Asgard if we need help destroying it.
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post #130 of 144
We've had the technology to deal with this for years.

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZfsnA7dAHI&feature=related[/ame]
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