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Is enough being done to combat the threat of a catastrophic asteroid collision with earth?
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World 'must tackle space threat'
The international community must work together to tackle the threat of asteroids colliding with Earth, a leading UN scientist says.

Professor Richard Crowther's comments come as a group of space experts called for a co-ordinated science-led ...
vancam
Dec 03, 2008
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jonjax71
Dec 03, 2008
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That would cause more havoc as exploding an asteroid into hundreds of fragments increases the chances of damage to the globe. The described action is an urban legend inspired by the movies

 
jonjax71
Dec 03, 2008
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Very little if anything can be done to stop an asteroid of any consequential size with a trajectory towards this planet

 
ddayvid
Dec 03, 2008
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Just lyke eyez cans shoot ur mom: in hur vag!

 
zombieslayer1
Dec 03, 2008
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Well in my opinoin I think it is determined by the relative density of the astroid. That being by the less dense the astroid is the more likely that we here on earth will have to stop it.

 
orbistertius
Dec 03, 2008
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You might as well ask if enough is being done to combat the threat of catastrophic volcanic eruption. As far as we can tell, both events happen periodically, and both have horrible consequences for the forms of life on our planet at the time.

But the chances of either happening (and of our predicting them) are very low. Additionally, the costs associated with being constantly prepared to combat them are (correct me if I'm wrong) astronomically high. Frankly, it doesn't seem worth it - we've got better things to worry about.

 
beccaleelee
Jun 16, 2009
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Do you realize how much of a statistical anomaly such an astroid would be? There is really no point in doing anything to prevent it, because the only astroid that has ever truly harmed the Earth in this way killed the dinosaurs, and is an event which not everyone agress even occured.

 
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spiderman
Dec 03, 2008
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No we can shoot it out of space with laser beam!!

 
shypanda
Dec 03, 2008
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Not to mention all the potential atmospheric disruptions caused by such a high energy discharge.

 


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