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December 24, 2007

 

Astronomers have discovered an asteroid that is approximately 160 feet long, that may be on a collision course for Mars and may hit the planet sometime in early 2008.

 

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An arrow to show the predicted path of the asteroid on Jan. 30, 2008, and the orange swath indicates the area it is expected to pass through. Mars may or may not be in its path.

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I live quite away from mars, so Ill be ok.  icon14.gif

 

(Source would nice also)

Selfish bastard!

 

What about the Biker Mice?! Oh my god, I hope those little guys make it sad.gif

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I live quite away from mars, so Ill be ok. icon14.gif

 

(Source would nice also)

oh, that is the furthest statement from the truth. We are effected by everything in our solar system,

at the very least, and if it DOES hit mars, it may not be worldwide catastrophy, but we will feel it.

 

someone google "apophis 2029" devil.gif

 

"On April 13, 2029, Apophis will pass the earth within the orbits of geosynchronous communication satellites."

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What are the odds of debris from the asteroid or Mars hitting Earth then? Are we completely safe?

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How much damage could a 160 feet long asteroid do? Just curious, it doesn't sound that big at all, but it's obviously it's velocity we have to take into account too.

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So are we going to die or not?

 

Silly NASA, just blow it up.

Of course we're going to die. wow.gif

 

 

 

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So are we going to die or not?

 

Silly NASA, just blow it up.

Of course we're going to die. wow.gif

That pretty much sucks ass.

 

Never understood why they don't just blow them up. "Lets just watch it for a while" f*ck that sh*t, have a missle!

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They should be able to afford some missiles, what with that fake moon landing they made money from.

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How much damage could a 160 feet long asteroid do? Just curious, it doesn't sound that big at all, but it's obviously it's velocity we have to take into account too.

The link I read said that it should be similar to the impact seen in the Tunguska event when an astroid struck northern Siberia in 1908. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

 

The article I read also said that it was going to strike just a couple miles away from where the Opportunity rover has been surveying the planet. I couldn't help but think, "Another tough break for Nasa," when I heard that.

 

 

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So are we going to die or not?

 

Silly NASA, just blow it up.

Of course we're going to die. wow.gif

That pretty much sucks ass.

 

Never understood why they don't just blow them up. "Lets just watch it for a while" f*ck that sh*t, have a missle!

Because then we have to deal with the shotgun effect (Thousands of tiny meteors raining down on us).

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I couldn't help but think, "Another tough break for Nasa," when I heard that.

Money-wise, absolutely. On the otherhand I thought the rovers were past their projected lifetimes already, assuming that's so it's not a huge loss. Also, being able to see something like that happen close up is the type of thing they probably wet their pants dreaming about. And there's no way we could send something there in time to see it, so if it does come close you could also call it lucky.

 

What I don't get is if there's only a 1 in 75 chance of it hitting Mars, then how can they pinpoint the possible landing site better than "this side of the planet"?

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I couldn't help but think, "Another tough break for Nasa," when I heard that.

Money-wise, absolutely. On the otherhand I thought the rovers were past their projected lifetimes already, assuming that's so it's not a huge loss. Also, being able to see something like that happen close up is the type of thing they probably wet their pants dreaming about. And there's no way we could send something there in time to see it, so if it does come close you could also call it lucky.

 

What I don't get is if there's only a 1 in 75 chance of it hitting Mars, then how can they pinpoint the possible landing site better than "this side of the planet"?

Crazy wizard mathematics. That's how NASA explains everything. I suppose what they're saying is that, "If this 1 in 75 chance occurrence takes place, this is how it will happen."

 

You're right about them probably wanting to capture some images of something like that. They could probably manage to send them off as radio-waves before the thing was destroyed, but it'd still take them forever to get here.

 

In any case, isn't Opportunity the one that they just sent up recently or the one froM 1997?

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Wouldn't this disrupt the magnetic balance of the earth and moon and make us all go insane?

 

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So are we going to die or not?

 

Silly NASA, just blow it up.

Oh you are feeding me, brother <3

 

Blowing it up would make the problem worse on mars. One big astroid becomes many small ones tounge.gif

Armageddon (the movie) is LIES. That bomb would have made us die slower, more painful death.

 

@starion: Not quite, but it will hurt.

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Depending on the asteroid, the following will happen:

 

1) The asteroid will hit and create a visible impact, through a meer telescope, and only leave a good sized crater.

 

2) The asteroid will hit with great force, be slightly felt, and create a large crater.

 

3) The asteriod will hit at amazing velocity, create masses of debris, which will hurtle towards us, the moon, and other directions, thus dangering us.

 

4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

 

More than likely, it will be choice #1. Telling by the size, the worst damage that can be done is to create a big crater. In order for an asteroid to affect us, Mars would have to be completely destroyed, which would take an asteroid quite a few miles big to be able to do that much.

 

In short, it's just another hole in the face of Mars, which, if we are lucky, will be filmed and posted on YouTube.

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4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

If it destroyed Mars, the whole Solar System would become f*cked, wouldn't it?

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yes. but mars is SO MUCH bigger than earth... this one will probably (relatively speaking)

be equivalent to the ones that hit earth all the time with no one the wiser.

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4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

If it destroyed Mars, the whole Solar System would become f*cked, wouldn't it?

Not really, the worst that could happen is that we would have most of our population screwed and a smaller asteriod belt where Mars used to be will exist.

 

Unless it's the sun, the destruction of a planet does not alter the entire system.

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4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

If it destroyed Mars, the whole Solar System would become f*cked, wouldn't it?

Not really, the worst that could happen is that we would have most of our population screwed and a smaller asteriod belt where Mars used to be will exist.

 

Unless it's the sun, the destruction of a planet does not alter the entire system.

not accurate. Our entire solar system is intricately dependant upon any other part of itself.

 

We are affected by things we are only just now seeing, that are so far away it has taken

30+ years for photos to return to us from probes.

 

We are affected by everything.

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I love it! This would be great stuff.

 

Letting my geek flag fly here, I loved how in 'Enterprise', they used a tractor beam to purposefully redirect comets and and asteroids into mars in an effort to terraform it.

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4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

If it destroyed Mars, the whole Solar System would become f*cked, wouldn't it?

Not really, the worst that could happen is that we would have most of our population screwed and a smaller asteriod belt where Mars used to be will exist.

 

Unless it's the sun, the destruction of a planet does not alter the entire system.

not accurate. Our entire solar system is intricately dependant upon any other part of itself.

 

We are affected by things we are only just now seeing, that are so far away it has taken

30+ years for photos to return to us from probes.

 

We are affected by everything.

It depends what you are talking about. When Mars is completely destroyed, and chunks of mile-long debris with dead martians hurtle towards us that can threaten our civilization; yes it affects us.

 

But to the other planets- it ain't sh*t. All they get a some "flesh-wounds" at most...

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4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

If it destroyed Mars, the whole Solar System would become f*cked, wouldn't it?

Not really, the worst that could happen is that we would have most of our population screwed and a smaller asteriod belt where Mars used to be will exist.

 

Unless it's the sun, the destruction of a planet does not alter the entire system.

not accurate. Our entire solar system is intricately dependant upon any other part of itself.

 

We are affected by things we are only just now seeing, that are so far away it has taken

30+ years for photos to return to us from probes.

 

We are affected by everything.

It depends what you are talking about. When Mars is completely destroyed, and chunks of mile-long debris with dead martians hurtle towards us that can threaten our civilization; yes it affects us.

 

But to the other planets- it ain't sh*t. All they get a some "flesh-wounds" at most...

lol NO dude. NO. You need to really think about what you are saying, and research it.

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In any case, isn't Opportunity the one that they just sent up recently or the one froM 1997?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opportunity_r...ission_overview

 

Landed in 2004, already outlived it's projected lifetime by like fifteen times. I think it only takes a few minutes for signals to get from there to here. But yeah, getting to see something like this is neat, whether the rover gets to see it, or we have to use telescopes/orbiters. I think there's still an orbiter there now, but I can't remember what it was called, or be bothered searching

 

As for this effecting us, lol. Still, even though the asteroid is much smaller than the pieces of that comet that hit Jupiter in 1990 whatever, it's much closer, so we'd probably have a better view.

 

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4) The asteroid will ultimately destroy Mars, hurtling large debris towards us, that will create not quite catostrophic damage.

If it destroyed Mars, the whole Solar System would become f*cked, wouldn't it?

Not really, the worst that could happen is that we would have most of our population screwed and a smaller asteriod belt where Mars used to be will exist.

 

Unless it's the sun, the destruction of a planet does not alter the entire system.

not accurate. Our entire solar system is intricately dependant upon any other part of itself.

 

We are affected by things we are only just now seeing, that are so far away it has taken

30+ years for photos to return to us from probes.

 

We are affected by everything.

It depends what you are talking about. When Mars is completely destroyed, and chunks of mile-long debris with dead martians hurtle towards us that can threaten our civilization; yes it affects us.

 

But to the other planets- it ain't sh*t. All they get a some "flesh-wounds" at most...

lol NO dude. NO. You need to really think about what you are saying, and research it.

I'm really confused on what you are saying. I'm not trying to prove you wrong, but I would like to hear your side of the story.

 

Give an example of what you mean: a scenario or something.

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Let's get one thing straight: are we f*cked if it hits?

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