An asteroid half the size of a U.S. football field will pass between Earth and orbiting satellites next week, sparing the human race from the fate suffered by dinosaurs, NASA said. The 150-foot diameter asteroid, named 2012 DA14, will pass about 17,000 miles above Earth on Feb. 15 -- lower than the orbits of some satellites -- in the closest recorded approach of an object of its size. It will travel at 7.8 kilometers a second (17,400 miles an hour), or about eight times the speed of a rifle shot, NASA scientists said yesterday.
" sparing the human race from the fate suffered by dinosaurs, NASA said."
Laughable hyperbole. The object that is pegged with killing the dinosaurs was estimated at 10km in diameter. An object only about 50m in diameter would do FAR less damage, even if it made a direct hit.
To e fair to NASA I´m guessing their statment was answering a reporter´s idiotic question about whether this could cause an extinction event like the one 65My ago.
problem with that statement about an asteroid killing off the dinosaurs there was this pesky little weather phenomenon that caused a world wide flood about 5K years ago that has more credence of causing a mass extinction event the evidence is in the rapidly buried animals that we have the fossilized bones as proof of. just saying maybe this asteroid will take out some spy satellites on its pass and make the governments a little unhappy.
Passing below geosynchronus satellites gets this rock pretty darned close. And we still have no steps we can take to protect ourselves. Not that doing so would be easy, or wouldn´t need a whole heap of hard and cautious thinking beforehand. Those rocks differ from one to the next, and what might [might!] help with one could turn another into a hundred stadium-sized meteorites hitting all over the earth. So let´s think, but carefully.
Point of information: any sun-orbiting rock that crosses Earth´s orbit is known as as "Apollo Object.
"FTA: Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk and British entrepreneur Richard Branson have started rocket-building ventures.
Uhhh, Elon Musk has a bit more on his resume´ than Tesla. [Hmmm -- was that careful "credit" really a hat-tip by Bloomberg to Stinky´s tax-money-burning policies and programs? Hmmm.] And his "rocket-building company" [it´s called SpaceX, for Space Exploration, Jimbo] does and has built launch vehicles, "space capsules", done successful orbiting, docked with the ISS, delivered supplies to the ISS, and brought back [on one trip] about 1,000 pounds of stuff [junk mail, maybe?] from the ISS to earth. ´K, Jimbo? Ya got all that?
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