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Offline Titanscape

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30 Years To Asteroid Impact?
« on: 24/02/2007 05:13:49 »
I heard on the news that there is a predicted asteroid impact in 30 yrs, true?

Is there a link? What's the plan?


 

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30 Years To Asteroid Impact?
« Reply #1 on: 24/02/2007 07:32:16 »
Is there a link? What's the plan?

I heard NASA are trying to clone Bruce Willis, just in case!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 24/02/2007 09:05:59 »
I think you may be on about this:

Text from http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/2007/Feb/hour1_022307.html


Most likely trajectory of the asteroid 99942 Apophis during its 2029 approach to Earth. The track was predicted using Jan. 2005 radar astrometry data. White dots indicate uncertainty in the path. Astronomers have effectively ruled out an Earth impact in 2029 -- but they're concerned about April 13, 2036. Credit: NASA JPL/ NEO OfficeWe'll also talk about efforts to keep tabs on asteroids that might endanger the planet. Last week, researchers called for an international effort, potentially coordinated by the United Nations, to act as a planetary response team for potential space threats. Though sky watchers have not located any definite threats so far, one worry is that by the time a threat is spotted, it will be too late for any one country to be able to take useful action on its own. Researchers pointed to one asteroid, 99942 Apophis, that has the potential to come quite near the Earth in 2036 -- but they don't know what else is out there.



Most likely trajectory of the asteroid 99942 Apophis during its 2029 approach to Earth. The track was predicted using Jan. 2005 radar astrometry data. White dots indicate uncertainty in the path. Astronomers have effectively ruled out an Earth impact in 2029 -- but they're concerned about April 13, 2036. Credit: NASA JPL/ NEO Office


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paul.fr

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30 Years To Asteroid Impact?
« Reply #3 on: 24/02/2007 09:55:18 »
Also read the NASA JPL Near Earth Object DATA, http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/
 

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