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China wants to launch asteroid-deflecting rockets to save Earth from Armageddon

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Chinese scientists are planning to fire more than 20 rockets into space to divert an asteroid impact that has a small chance of one day ending life on Earth.

Their target is an asteroid named Bennu, a 85.5-million-ton (77.5 million metric ton) space rock that is on track to swoop within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) of Earth's orbit between 2175 and 2199.

Although Bennu's chances of striking Earth are slim — at just 1 in 2,700 — the asteroid is as wide as the Empire State Building is tall, meaning that any collision with the Earth would be cataclysmic.

Scientists at China's National Space Science Center calculated that 23 Long March 5 rockets, each weighing 992 tons (900 metric tons), pushing against the rock simultaneously would be necessary to divert the asteroid away from a fatal course by nearly 6,000 miles (9,000 km) — 1.4 times the Earth's radius.

NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) will be the first to test a novel asteroid nudging method in two joint missions launching November 24 of this year.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/china-rocket-fleet-divert-asteroid-bennu.html

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PartySick

Inb4 they knock it onto a direct path :selena:

It is pretty amazing though how humanity is advanced enough to take our own fate in our hands. Even rearranging the heavens to avert the apocalypse :tony:

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Quentin

I thought this was not a good idea, and that other methods were better :huh:

edit: wait I thought they wanted to make it explode time for me to sleep or hibernate :laughga:

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FootFoot
32 minutes ago, PartySick said:

Inb4 they knock it onto a direct path :selena:

It is pretty amazing though how humanity is advanced enough to take our own fate in our hands. Even rearranging the heavens to avert the apocalypse :tony:

*Looks around at the burning planet*

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PartySick
1 minute ago, PussPuss said:

*Looks around at the burning planet*

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Causing the apocalypse is still "taking fate into our own hands" :bear:

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Eido

They have litteraly no way of predicting where the debris could end then

And in movies it's always on earth :saladga:

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Sounds great in theory, but it won't work.  Rockets are too small, it won't budge a large rock that is the size of half of France, flying at a speed of 1 million miles per hour.  It's like taking a pencil and throw it at a 500 pounds weight and expect the 500 lbs weight to move.

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15 minutes ago, Eido said:

They have litteraly no way of predicting where the debris could end then

And in movies it's always on earth :saladga:

It's impossible to know for certain if it will come close to Earth and exactly to what extend. Movies are ... just movies. They need apocalyptic scenarious to entertain. Most movies are not realistic.

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5 minutes ago, P0JffionRowQat said:

Sounds great in theory, but it won't work.  Rockets are too small, it won't budge a large rock that is the size of half of France.  It's like taking a pencil and throw it at a 500 pounds weight and expect the 500 lbs weight to move.

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Is the Empire States Building the same size as half of France? Maybe you mean Monaco or Vatican.. :laughga:

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Eido

Except in the case where destroying an asteroid create mini asteroids going in every direction possible 

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9 minutes ago, FfFfFfFF said:

Is the Empire States Building the same size as half of France? Maybe you mean Monaco or Vatican.. :laughga:

 

The asteroid that hit earth and extinct all the dinosaurs  was the size of a lake.

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1 hour ago, PussPuss said:

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I thought that was billie eilish from the hair and colors first.

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34 minutes ago, P0JffionRowQat said:

 

The asteroid that hit earth and extinct all the dinosaurs  was the size of a lake.

In your reply you are talking about an asteroid half the size of France.

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