Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dodging Rocks

Apparently amidst all its other concerns Congress has had the time to grill Nasa Chief's about the danger of an attack by asteroids. When asked in committee what we can do to prevent it the Chief responded: "pray." Which is interesting, at the very least shouldn't get under our desks?

He followed that up with some babble about there is no funding, and has never been, to even figure out how to combat an asteroid. All this began after the release of the movie Armageddon and people began to live in terror of an imminent asteroid attack . . . and by people I mean Congress, because no one else really gives a hoot . . . much like why the US Government has money to fund drills in case of a zombie attack (too much Walking Dead).

When really the whole thing is a bit silly. They come in at extraordinary speeds and unless tracked way in advance we have no idea where they are going to hit. The one in Russia never registered. Its best to just not worry about such and accept your fate, like this guy:

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Pray" was his suggestion if it's going to hit in a few weeks. Money (and not a lot by fed standards) solves the problem if we have years to prepare and start now. No new tech required, just new hardware.

The meteor that blew up over Russia came at us out of the sun, and our current hardware can't look there, but with some additional satellites, that blind spot can be significantly shrunk.

Prepping for a zombie apocalypse is no different from regular disaster preparedness, but more people pay attention to it. There's been a private group doing the same thing at cons for a few years. Make it fun and you get more people to take your advice.

--Jeff

Sean said...

Also the meteor that blew up over Russia was pretty small. The ones that would do serious damage are a lot larger, and therefore easier to spot.

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Stephen Chenault said...

Yeah, I've read those studies where its fun so it makes people more prepared. I doubt them. Maybe. Can't say. But I can't imagine the elderly saying, oh zombies prep day let me go buy some food stuffs. And young people think it will never happen. And those of us in the middle prep for it, but then run out of someting for dinner one night and raid our prepper kit. ;)

So assuming we do have a meteor coming at us, what is the planned response. If we prep for it? Nukes? Lasers?

Sounds like a good blog post!

Anonymous said...

but then run out of someting for dinner one night and raid our prepper kit.

I would *never* do that. Well, maybe once or...um, seven times.

Not nukes. If it's a couple decades out, you just need to change its course by a second. There are several options, like a gravitational tug or a simple impact, but you don't want to break it into pieces. (Remember the video game Asteroids?)

--Jeff

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