Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Action Team 14

The United Nations special team dealing with space rocks and other debris dissolved its action sub-comittee after creating a number of organizations to deal with the threat of asteroids that pummel our planet. The special team was called the "Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space" and they dissolved "Action Team 14."

I have a number of questions here.

First off, what did Action Team 1-13 do? I understand that Action Team 14 created two sub-groups to their own sub committee, the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN). I understand that Action Team 14's office space will now become a memorial to the glorious achievements of mankind. But what did their predecessors do? Did they get desks? A memorial?

Also Action Team 14 said that

"IAWN and SMPAG now exist and have work plans for the next several years. Their existence is truly a tangible and very important step in protecting Earth from an impact by anasteroid or in mitigating the consequences if the Earth should receive an impact," 

What exactly are those work plans? Are they building some kind of super canon to shoot down asteroids as they come hurtling into space? or is is something more clever, like creating a wall of paper work to block the asteroid? or maybe, just maybe, they are building a giant net to catch the rocks!

Space, er, a Frontier.

I swear the United Nations is like one gigantic Monty Python skit.

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