Modding is a process
by asteroid or comet?
Published on July 26, 2009 By Zyxpsilon In Everything Else

15 years ago, Shoemaker-Levy rifled up a series of comet debris into the gas giant.

Well, seems like it took an amateur astronomer from Australia by the name of Anthony Wesley to tip Nasa or other professionals on July 19th to aim their telescopes at the event.

Earth would have been slammed to oblivion, btw.

Here's the Hubble "report"!

Nobody was able to detect the object BEFORE such an impact, this time.


Comments (Page 4)
on Jul 29, 2009

It looks like just a blank picture -

Maybe it's your helmet visor. Otherwise, get Adobe Flashplayer 10.

on Jul 29, 2009

Yes, because clearly if we spend money on looking at rocks in space, humanity can finally reach its goal of living forever.

Or we could just raise funding on the search for vast deposits of unicorn blood.

 

In the end, Zyx, we all die. And we have far better ways of killing ourselves than the Universe seems to care to throw at us, for the moment.

 

Furthermore, if we did pump large sums of money into this, you're aware that we still may not see whatever comes? Not everything can be solved by throwing money at the problem, and quite frankly, the majority of space is pretty damn dark.

Funding this would also take funding away from NASA, which after the Bush administration, is already asphyxiating.

on Jul 29, 2009

In the end, Zyx, we all die.

Not so, says the current generation of environmentalism goals. And their own ongoing quest for a future worth living for but still granted to THEIR precious childrens.

And yet, money can buy whatever we (as in Humanity, btw) decide or not; health or death, budgeted by conflictual choices, militarized by arsenals.

Catch a ride to Mars, dump the UN flag.

Party time, comet X is on its way.

What NASA can't (or wouldn't through decisions, btw) do, somebody else will and the USA would have to beg for a pie slice as usual..  without Russia, your obsolete fleet of shuttles wouldn't have a dockable ISS. Without Canadian Robotics, you wouldn't assemble it. Without Japanese technology edge, you wouldn't change batteries or deploy solar panels. Without European cashflow, you wouldn't launch probes.

Cooperation could save Earth in a space threat scenario, not pride or politics.

on Jul 29, 2009

Zyxpsilon

In the end, Zyx, we all die.
Not so, says the current generation of environmentalism goals. And their own ongoing quest for a future worth living for but still granted to THEIR precious childrens.

The "space threat" scenario would only be a danger over tens of thousands of years; we're almost certain to all be dead before anything sizeable strikes Earth.

on Jul 29, 2009

They kept saying things like that when discussing things like "500 year floods" or the odds of cat 5 hitting New Orleans. The problem with planning like that is if you're wrong even once, you're screwed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

That happened only a hundred years ago, and could happen again next year, or not for another hundred years. How much of an investment is it worth to prevent another such impact, especially if is going to hit somewhere more valuable than Siberia?