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Nasa Falling Short Of Asteroid-detection Goals  
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3533 times:

So NASA needs more money to try to scan the sky of deadly asteroids. When I read the article two things came to mind. First why is the US the only country with a near earth object program? Anyone know of other countries which have it.
And second why have they not gotten the funding? I think this is a pretty important issue, more important than building a bridge in Missouri or buying new private jets IMO. Where is the money for an extremely important program. One day a large asteroid will hit earth the human race should find a way to protect its self. What are your guys opinions on funding research in findings ways to avoid an asteroid impact or at least having funding to find the ones that could kill the whole planet.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/0...nasa.asteroid.detection/index.html


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2241 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

Reminds me of Armageddon:

"Well, our object collison budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and begging your pardon, sir, it's a big-ass sky."



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8039 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

Seriously, why is there not a global effort to secure the funding needed to collectively protect the planet? Unfortunately we appear to be just that dense.


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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3426 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Seriously, why is there not a global effort to secure the funding needed to collectively protect the planet? Unfortunately we appear to be just that dense.

That is exactly what I am thinking. We not make some type of agency to gather data together, search together and think of a plan when we do find a large asteroid heading our way.



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User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3371 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Seriously, why is there not a global effort to secure the funding needed to collectively protect the planet? Unfortunately we appear to be just that dense.

Beat me to it, dude. Its a global responsibility.



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User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3336 times:



Quoting FlyMIA (Thread starter):
And second why have they not gotten the funding?

Because seriously what could we actually do if we did find something? Hollywood movies aside I think the answer would be a big fat nothing....

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more money for space and science but the chances of something big hitting us are just too remote to warrant the kind of money you would like to be invested.


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