Can We Stop The Next Meteor Strike?

Given the history of planetary destruction from meteor strikes in the past, trying to stop them from impacting our now vastly more populated planet seems like a good idea, but one wonders if it’s realistic. NASA is working on it, regardless, reports The Christian Science Monitor:

This month’s meteor detonation above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk and Earth’s close shave with asteroid 2012 DA14 have kick-started conversations on lessons learned and what steps can be taken to prevent space rock impacts in the future.

One positive action item was actually in place prior to the dual asteroid events of Feb. 15: a new Memorandum of Agreement between the Air, Space, and Cyberspace Operations Directorate of the Air Force Space Command and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

That document, which was signed on Jan. 18 of this year, spells out specifics for the public release of meteor data from sources such as high-flying, hush-hush U.S. government space sensors.

The recent Russian meteor event occurred after completion of the newly signed agreement and data on the recent Chelyabinsk event had been released for scientific analysis, SPACE.com has been informed by NASA and the U.S. Air Force.

As a result of that agreement, NASA’s Near Earth Object (NEO) Observation Program is receiving information on bolide/fireball events “based on analysis of data collected by U.S. government sensors.” [Russian Fireball: All You Need to Know (Video)]

Ripple effects

The asteroid that caused the Chelyabinsk meteor was estimated to be about 55 feet (17 meters) across with a weight of 10,000 tons. Its explosion in the atmosphere was equivalent to nearly 500,000 tons of TNT, scientists say…

[continues in The Christian Science Monitor]

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  • Hadrian999

    not unless they have some super weapon that they have managed to keep secret

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Chaos_Dynamics

    Operation Bughouse.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Chaos_Dynamics

    Operation Bughouse.

  • rich111000

    Maybe we are being looked after by someone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZzG881Vii8

  • BuzzCoastin

    Can We Stop The Next Meteor Strike?

    I sure hope not
    Mother Earth counts on them to clear the slate from time to time

  • BuzzCoastin

    Can We Stop The Next Meteor Strike?

    I sure hope not
    Mother Earth counts on them to clear the slate from time to time

  • alizardx

    Next one? Hell, no. Only way to manage meteor strikes is to go to space industrialization on a massive scale. Put lots of companies, research institutions, and people up there. There will be lots of digital telescopes, radar systems, and other observational platforms, and the kind of infrastructure that makes it entirely possible that a massive chunk of asteroid iron heading for earth will be grabbed hundreds of millions of miles out and diverted safely to where it can be turned into consumer products. However, the reason to do this are based on resource access, reduced loads on the ecosystem, and of course, profit. Reducing risk from meteor strikes is just a beneficial side-effect.

    On a realistic scale of personal risk, death by meteor is of a similar order of risk to death by terrorist, the risk from automobiles is far, far greater.

  • alizardx

    Next one? Hell, no. Only way to manage meteor strikes is to go to space industrialization on a massive scale. Put lots of companies, research institutions, and people up there. There will be lots of digital telescopes, radar systems, and other observational platforms, and the kind of infrastructure that makes it entirely possible that a massive chunk of asteroid iron heading for earth will be grabbed hundreds of millions of miles out and diverted safely to where it can be turned into consumer products. However, the reason to do this are based on resource access, reduced loads on the ecosystem, and of course, profit. Reducing risk from meteor strikes is just a beneficial side-effect.

    On a realistic scale of personal risk, death by meteor is of a similar order of risk to death by terrorist, the risk from automobiles is far, far greater.

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    No, we cannot stop the next meteor strike, and I fail to see any reason why we should. Humanity has already proven itself unfit to govern this planet, and I for one hope our reign ends in fire.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ian.todd86 Ian Todd

      I’ve never really understood this kinda ott crap. Humans have done some incredible things while we have lived on Earth. Everything from inventions, to the evolution of our species. If you stop and think at the magnitued of some of the things that have happened, your brain just boggles. We are not perfect, but that is what drives our evolution. If humans hadn’t governed this planet, who’s to say anything else could have done a greater job?
      Maybe you hate your life, maybe you hate the world around you, but to wish for it all of this around us go up in flames is stupid. If it truely bothers you, why don’t you fight for change, educate people around you and make the world – and those who govern it – a better place to live?

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