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Old 06-10-2021, 16:36   #1
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Nasa to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 'Armageddon' test of defences

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Nasa is planning to deliberately crash a spacecraft into an asteroid to test its ability to alter its trajectory and avoid a potentially deadly future collision with Earth.

The space agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will lift off next month aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, for a mission being likened to the plot of film Armageddon.

DART will be testing asteroid deflection capabilities by smashing into it at nearly 15,000 miles per hour in September 2022.

It is hoped the spacecraft it will change the speed of the asteroid, known as Didymoon, a fraction of a per cent, and subsequently alter its orbit.
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-ne...test-defences/
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Re: Nasa to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 'Armageddon' test of defences

Having had no asteroid take out the earth in however many millions of years we have been here, I have to ask is it really necessary?


The millions of pounds this will cost when there are people without food or more important problems in the world to face right now. Hmmm.
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Re: Nasa to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 'Armageddon' test of defences

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Having had no asteroid take out the earth in however many millions of years we have been here, I have to ask is it really necessary?


The millions of pounds this will cost when there are people without food or more important problems in the world to face right now. Hmmm.
Crisis planning necessitates preparing for a crisis when one is not imminent. To be blunt, I’ve always found the “but people are starving” line a bit cheap - intended to win an argument by virtue signalling rather than by genuine engagement with the issues.

Sure, people are starving. Sure we should be doing something about that. But is that the only thing we should be doing?
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Re: Nasa to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 'Armageddon' test of defences

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Having had no asteroid take out the earth in however many millions of years we have been here, I have to ask is it really necessary?


The millions of pounds this will cost when there are people without food or more important problems in the world to face right now. Hmmm.
Well, Tunguska was just over a hundred years ago…

https://earthsky.org/space/evidence-...ts-since-2000/

And Chelyabinsk was only 8 years ago.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/five-ye...etary-defense/
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Re: Nasa to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 'Armageddon' test of defences

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Having had no asteroid take out the earth in however many millions of years we have been here, I have to ask is it really necessary?


The millions of pounds this will cost when there are people without food or more important problems in the world to face right now. Hmmm.
I guess it depends on whether you actually want the human race to survive whenever such an emergency arises in the future. It’s only a matter of time. It may be in a million years or it might be next week.

As for hunger and poverty - even Jesus recognised that there will always be the poor in any society. And I’m not going to start an argument with Him.
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I guess it depends on whether you actually want the human race to survive whenever such an emergency arises in the future. It’s only a matter of time. It may be in a million years or it might be next week.

As for hunger and poverty - even Jesus recognised that there will always be the poor in any society. And I’m not going to start an argument with Him.

In none of scriptures regarding Jesus did he ever say or infer that. In fact the opposite as he referred to the coming of Gods Kingdom that later in the bible tells of an end of suffering. But that is all another subject entirely

I think the money can be better spent. With our level of technology as it is we have no chance of diverting anything big enough to do enough damage and lets face it if something was coming in the relative near future they already know about. In fact maybe they do and this is their attempt to see if they need to tell us the end is nigh
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In none of scriptures regarding Jesus did he ever say or infer that. In fact the opposite as he referred to the coming of Gods Kingdom that later in the bible tells of an end of suffering. But that is all another subject entirely

I think the money can be better spent. With our level of technology as it is we have no chance of diverting anything big enough to do enough damage and lets face it if something was coming in the relative near future they already know about. In fact maybe they do and this is their attempt to see if they need to tell us the end is nigh
Or, using your logic, they are spending the money to prevent it.
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Or, using your logic, they are spending the money to prevent it.
maybe. Lets hope so. The megalomaniac I was when i was young would have loved the idea of the world ending and everyone dying when I did but since I had kids I regained a small amount of my sanity
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The millions of pounds this will cost when there are people without food or more important problems in the world to face right now. Hmmm.
I'm curious, do you go out for drinks, concerts, football, or other sport/entertainment/things, or do you give all your money to to people without food ?
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I'm curious, do you go out for drinks, concerts, football, or other sport/entertainment/things, or do you give all your money to to people without food ?
Even if he did would it amount to hundreds of millions?
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Re: Nasa to crash spacecraft into asteroid in 'Armageddon' test of defences

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Having had no asteroid take out the earth in however many millions of years we have been here, I have to ask is it really necessary?


The millions of pounds this will cost when there are people without food or more important problems in the world to face right now. Hmmm.
The result of a coin flip is not determined by the past results. Just because all previous flips have been heads, does not mean the next flip will also be heads.
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Even if he did would it amount to hundreds of millions?
How is that relevant ?
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I guess it depends on whether you actually want the human race to survive whenever such an emergency arises in the future. It’s only a matter of time. It may be in a million years or it might be next week.

As for hunger and poverty - even Jesus recognised that there will always be the poor in any society. And I’m not going to start an argument with Him.
Apparently it doesn't really matter. Accoring to Insulate Britain and Climate Extreme we are all going to die anyway so what's the point?

Oh, I forgot, we've got to save the planet. As if that would cease to exist...
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The result of a coin flip is not determined by the past results. Just because all previous flips have been heads, does not mean the next flip will also be heads.
The chances of it being heads reduces every flip to, we're probably over due a biggie by now anyway, the thing that has surprised me in the past is how close some of the near misses have got before we've even spotted them

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How is that relevant ?
Because we are about to spend hundreds of millions on it, actually we don't give all our money as a country to the poor either so it probably wasn't a very valid comparison to have tried to make anyway imo
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Even if he did would it amount to hundreds of millions?
No we aren't, NASA is. In case you didn't know NASA is funded by and based in the USA.

We also spent over £17 billion on aid to other "poorer" countries.

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