Can we harvest the asteroid belt to protect the planet?

  • 2 Replies
  • 988 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

*

Offline Expectant_Philosopher

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • 229
    • View Profile
As most of the planet killers headed our way originate in the asteroid belt, can we sort of get them before they get us?  Couldn't we map all the bodies in the asteroid belt, map their trajectories, then using space tugs redirect the ones headed our way anyhow into a lunar orbit? Then we could run mining operations from the moon to the asteroids orbiting the moon. 

*

Offline Colin2B

  • Global Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • 2079
    • View Profile
Re: Can we harvest the asteroid belt to protect the planet?
« Reply #1 on: 17/04/2015 09:13:40 »
As most of the planet killers headed our way originate in the asteroid belt, can we sort of get them before they get us?  Couldn't we map all the bodies in the asteroid belt, map their trajectories, then using space tugs redirect the ones headed our way anyhow into a lunar orbit? Then we could run mining operations from the moon to the asteroids orbiting the moon.

Have you thought that this might be a good use of crowd funding?

You could also use the 'crowd spotting' technique that has been used recently to look for new supernova. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-03-18/how-you-can-help-brian-cox-and-dara-o-briain-identify-supernovae-during-stargazing-live

« Last Edit: 17/04/2015 09:16:51 by Colin2B »
and the misguided shall lead the gullible,
the feebleminded have inherited the earth.

*

Offline PmbPhy

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • 2804
    • View Profile
Re: Can we harvest the asteroid belt to protect the planet?
« Reply #2 on: 17/04/2015 17:13:29 »
Quote from: Expectant_Philosopher
As most of the planet killers headed our way originate in the asteroid belt, can we sort of get them before they get us?
That has always been the plan, i.e. when we detect an asteroid which will hit the Earth, efforts will be made to make sure that it doesn't.

Quote from: Expectant_Philosopher
Couldn't we map all the bodies in the asteroid belt, map their trajectories, ...
That's far too impractical using todays technology.

Quote from: Expectant_Philosopher
...then using space tugs redirect the ones headed our way anyhow into a lunar orbit?
Again, far too impractical. You can't imagine how much fuel it would take to do that.