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Defending Earth From Asteroids With MADMEN

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the denial-of-armageddon dept.

Space 499

jolomo writes "A partner of Atlanta-based NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts is working on a concept they call MADMEN (Modular Asteroid Deflection Mission Ejector Nodes), which would launch a distributed attack against large Earth-bound objects. Thousands of MADMEN could be built by many nations and when launched, each would land on the object, drill into its surface and remove enough material to change its course."

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Olde News.. (-1, Offtopic)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366046)

Only MADMEN I know are in the Democratic Party (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366227)

...and other liberal losers, Deaniacs etc.

Cowboy Kneel is a fat, smelly, socially inept, sexless loser.

Re:Olde News.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366316)

YE OLDE OUTHOUSES!

Experiment (4, Interesting)

zeux (129034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366051)

If you want to see this effect try this (a teacher told me about that 10 years ago):
on a day without wind go in a light boat with something like 300 pounds of rocks. Go in the middle of a lake and launch all the rocks in the same direction as far as possible. After a while you'll notice that the boat is moving slowly in the opposite direction (depending on the weight and speed of the launches).

Nice trick that makes lot of sense in vaccum, with hundreds of 'rock launchers' and continous launches over a very long time.

As we say in French, "toute action entraine une reaction".

Re:Experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366087)

It's called re-action or recoil. (Remember Newton's actio - reactio?)

Re:Experiment (2, Interesting)

zeux (129034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366100)

Yes that's in part why you have a strong kick backward with a gun when you fire a bullet.

Re:Experiment (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366131)

What's the other part? The Mystic Gun Faeries pulling on you?

Dolt.

Re:Experiment (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366141)

The Mystic Gun Faeries pulling on you?

Well, he is French after all...

Re:Experiment (1)

zeux (129034) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366145)

When the powder exploses it pushes the bullet forward but the explosion also pushes in the opposite direction.

Re:Experiment (2, Insightful)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366247)

it's not the explosion pushing the gun backwards, it's conservation of linear momentum.

if you could have an explosion that was only forwards, you'd still get recoil.

Re:Experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366268)

Yes, that's why I said 'in part' in my above post ;)

Actually you just proved me right :)

Re:Experiment (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366176)

DUH. He's French.

The other part comes from dropping the gun.

Appropriate acronym (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366053)

Obviously a project named after the inventors.

Re:Appropriate acronym (3, Funny)

vensonOnSlashdot (750819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366255)

Perhaps they haven't yet heard of the aliens' newest project - PSYCHIATRISTS.

Am I the only one? (5, Funny)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366062)

Who read that as Defending the Earth From MADMEN with Asteroids?

It only makes sense (1, Funny)

wizarddc (105860) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366063)

Why not, when our country is being guarded by a LUNATIC [whitehouse.gov]

Re:It only makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366128)

dude, you're going straight to hell for that comment...

Re:It only makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366143)

"hell" is a bad place in xian mythology. It's not real, get over it.

Re:It only makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366319)

yeah, I suppose he is since that lunatic is real good pals with the god almighty, god even speaks directly to him so that he knows when it's ok to wage war/increase deficit/choke on pretzel.

Not really sure if it's being "guarded"... (1)

bad enema (745446) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366201)

I mean, do you really feel safer?

Re:It only makes sense (1)

rbolkey (74093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366226)

Why not, when our country is being guarded by a LUNATIC
But, the Earth isn't in possible peril from the Moon ... ooh, missed the link.

DOS an asteroid? (5, Funny)

pixel_bc (265009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366064)

So... like... a DDOS against a chunk of rock? ... heh. Imagine a Beo... nevermind.

The US wouldn't do that with madmen... (1, Offtopic)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366069)

We'd install them as dictators in the middle east!

Re:The US wouldn't do that with madmen... (1)

holizz (737615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366147)

When they ran out of countries they sent them to business school. ``This is how to file a patent and this is how to file a law-suit.''

In Soviet Russia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366070)

In Soviet Russia, madmen ASTEROID YOU!!!

Been there... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366072)

...Thousands of MADMEN could be built by many nations...

It's already been done. [fbi.gov]

MADMEN? Drilling? (3, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366075)

We cannot let there be a astronautical mineshaft gap!

Please... (3, Funny)

evilmuffins (631482) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366076)

Will someone please tell these companies to stop turning to local schools for names for their projects.

A distributed attack eh? (0, Redundant)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366078)

Couldn't they just use all the infected Windows boxes out there for this?

Huh? Wazzat? Oh, it's not a DDOS? err...sorry carry on.

This is a boondoggle (-1, Insightful)

egg troll (515396) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366081)

I'm sorry but worrying about asteroids is downright silly. Instead of spending money on something as fanciful as this, it would be much better to spend our energies on real problems: enviromental degradation, nuclear proliferation and such.

We may as well worry about the boogyman as far as issues that are likely to affect us.

Re:This is a boondoggle (2, Funny)

Gil2796 (585952) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366157)

I disagree. If we let nuclear proliferation and environmental degradation continue, our atmosphere will a perfect shield against asteroids. Any potential asteroid threat will simply burn up in the radioactive waste that is our atmosphere.

I saw it in this Simpson's episode once! It's true!

Re:This is a boondoggle (2, Insightful)

antis0c (133550) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366178)

Yeah its not like Asteroids ever caused any mass extinctions in the past.. .. Oh wait, thats right, Dinosaurs.

65 Million Years Ago (1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366252)

Yes, several times in the past 4+ billion years asteroids have impacted our planet. However, the odds of one occuring anytime in the near future are absurdly small. I'd rather spend my time worrying about things that are more likely to kill me than this.

Re:This is a boondoggle (3, Interesting)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366220)

It's a shot in a million, but if it happens we're toast. I'd like to know that there's a backup plan.

Granted, most space-based weaponry capable of taking out an asteroid would also be pretty effective against ground targets, or other countries' ballistic missiles.

Re:This is a boondoggle (3, Insightful)

SirWhoopass (108232) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366224)

You are correct. An asteroid impact is not very likley. If it occurs, however, the cost is very high. This research is only $75,000. Cheap insurance.

Re:This is a boondoggle (1)

0mni (734493) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366260)

The research may only be $75,000. Building something like this is a different matter. Can anyone say 5% of American Defence budget? Whats worse is it does nothing but give a slight piece of mind. Its like buying SCO licences, they may do nothing at all but someone somewhere will gain sone peace of mind from it.

Re:This is a boondoggle (2, Insightful)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366242)

"I'm sorry but worrying about asteroids is downright silly. Instead of spending money on something as fanciful as this, it would be much better to spend our energies on real problems: enviromental degradation, nuclear proliferation and such.

We may as well worry about the boogyman as far as issues that are likely to affect us."


Flashback 65 million years ago to the the late cretaceous: I'm sorry but worrying about asteroids is downright silly. Instead of spending time on something as fanicful as this, it would be much better to spend out energies on real problems: dropping stegasaurus populations, longer teeth and such.

We may as well worry about another protozoan extinction as far as issues that are likely to affect us...

He who failes to plan is dogmeat. What happens if we do nothing and say five years from now we find an asteroid coming towards us to wipe us out? You'll probably be the first to bitch and moan "why didn't we do something when we had time?"

Re:This is a boondoggle (5, Interesting)

mikeee (137160) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366269)

Asteroid (meteor?) strikes are more common than you'ld think; just in 1908 what was probably a comet struck Siberia [lanl.gov] with the force of a good-sized atom bomb and leveled 1200 square miles of forest. Had an inhabited area been struck, destruction would have been massive.

Our best estimates seem to be this this is likely to happen every few hundred years; given that such an event might kill millions, it seems worth a minimal effort to take out a bit of insurance, and at least as sensible as banning GMOs.

Re:This is a boondoggle (2, Funny)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366308)

"you'ld think; just in 1908 what was probably a comet"

That was almost a million hours ago. That is a lot of time in between strikes.

credit ? (1, Funny)

vluther (5638) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366086)

ya but who would take credit for saving the planet ?
remember we're petty..

look at all the news channels... "when such and such broke, channel 5 was there first.. we rock".

Believe in Jesus our saviour.. the MADMAN from Saudi was the one that caused the asteroid to alter course.. Allah saved us.. so confusing.. might lead to WW III :)..

Sorry bored.. and having a bad humor day.. please don't take this post seriously.

Re:credit ? (2, Funny)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366297)

"ya but who would take credit for saving the planet ?"

You know its going to be Bush... He'll claim to have saved the planet from rogue asteroids...

MADMEN? (3, Funny)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366090)

NASA really has beaten Congress in the stupid name department.

Side effect (2, Funny)

Unnngh! (731758) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366097)

On the off chance that aliens drop by for a visit, could we use the drones to try breaking their ships into little pieces too? After reading Mission Earth years ago I always thought we needed some sort of space-pointing defence system, just in case;)

Think outside the box? (5, Funny)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366099)

Why, oh why, do they keep coming up with these silly "destory or deflect the asteroid" schemes? Such "inside the box" thinking.

When is someone going to focus on the important alternative: how about moving Earth out of the way instead?

John.

Well... (1)

bad enema (745446) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366132)

Um...how would we do that? Start taking chunks out of the Earth?

Re:Well... (1)

holizz (737615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366229)

Send out lots of rockets but only on one side of the planet... I don't know, leave it to NASA... oh wait.

Re:Think outside the box? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366206)

No, that would be to difficult. We should simply dig a hole through the earth where the asteroid is supposed to impact.

Re:Think outside the box? (2, Funny)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366289)

Continue to encourage NASA to shift earth's orbit to avoid asteroids. It's a GREAT idea!

Meanwhile, I will buy a bunch of arctic/desert land for cheap. Then, when they shift the earth ever so slightly the climate shift will make all the paradises of today baren wastelands. And who's left with all the sugar? Me.

I know this will work. I saw something similar on Superman a long time ago.

GOOD IDEA!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366307)

Yes! Let's give the earth a propulsion system, and after that we won't need no stinkin spacecraft. Solves all the supply problems too!

Re:Think outside the box? (2, Interesting)

savagedome (742194) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366318)

Archimedes is said to have declared [icm.edu.pl] that long time ago.

Re:Think outside the box? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366325)

Just give me a lever long enough and a place to stand.

Bruce Willis surrenders. (1)

i_am_syco (694486) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366104)

Intuitor had a great article [intuitor.com] about this awhile ago.

Just don't hit (1)

XJEEP.org (633878) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366106)

the Moon

Maybe this would be more popular if renamed... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366117)

...Project Sensible.

Get cracking on making that acronym work.

All nations, huh? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366119)

I can see it now
Russia: We pushed left, why didn't it change course?
USA: Why didn't you check first? we pushed right!

Been there, done that... (0, Offtopic)

Andreas(R) (448328) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366125)

You can help [tripletsandus.com] . NOW!

But, But... (1)

smccto (667454) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366126)

Just suppose we do. And some crazy (Earthling) madman dictatorship country decides to play along - you know, for the protection of all man kind. But, surprisingly, all of his "madmen" seem to be targetted for Washington DC.... Would that mean George W. would change course and all of a sudden become a democrat... or smart...?

I don't understand Pres Bush is already very smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366282)

...now the Walking Corpse John Kerry is a different matter. His only talent is being a gold-digger marrying rich women

Travel (1, Interesting)

chollowayss (653233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366129)

would be more interesting to attach the MADMEN to earth and see if we can go somewhere. Where we are is getting boring...

Re:Travel (1)

kertong (179136) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366315)

well once we get a bit farther out from the sun, we'd probably freeze to death. :)

Unless... these madmen double as giant climate-controlled heaters?

Not the greatest threat... (0, Flamebait)

koh (124962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366137)

I don't want to be OT here, but if you ask me what is the greatest danger right now for the planet, I certainly would not answer "destruction by an asteroid".

OTOH, the various side-effects linked to e.g. heavy pollution (courtesy from all of us but mostly from some countries *cough* usa *cough*) are quite damaging right here, right now.

Would it be possible to try and use this tech to build some distributed devices to resolve our immediate problems before focusing on asteroids ??

Sorry for the rant...

Only in Atlanta... (5, Funny)

chamilto0516 (675640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366138)

Only in Atlanta would an idea like, "Shoot it a bunch of times and see if it goes away" would such a solution be born.

Re:Only in Atlanta... (0, Troll)

raider_red (156642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366327)

Only in Atlanta would an idea like, "Shoot it a bunch of times and see if it goes away" would such a solution be born.

Sounds a lot like something they'd think of in Arizona too.

Testing should be interesting (5, Funny)

jstave (734089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366140)

I can see it now: "Yes, we're about to launch a large number of missiles armed with powerful explosives. All nuclear powers please remain calm. This is only a test. No, really, none of these will malfunction and visit death and destruction on somebody we're having a disagreement with. Honest."

Haha (1)

bad enema (745446) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366272)

How about a whole bunch of countries? A: We're just testing. Be cool.
B: We are cool. Are you cool?
C: He's cool. But why are you pointing that at us?
B: Pointing what at who?
D: KILL THE INFIDELS!!!!

Six hours later, asteroid hits Earth, everyone dies.

could be (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366160)

Thousands of MADMEN could be built by many nations...

And yet, would be completely financed by the US.

How good will the system be? (5, Interesting)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366161)

Will the MADMEN be good enough to stop say.... The moon gets hit by an asteroid knocking it off course and towards the earth.

So, maybe I played too much pool as a kid.

Re:How good will the system be? (1)

QuijiboIsAWord (715586) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366207)

Probably..but Mars will still lose if it didn't call the shot.

hm (2)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366180)

How would you get thousands of units all fire chunks of asteroids in the same direction if the asteroid is rotating? If you fire in all direction the net effect would be pretty much nil.

Re:hm (1)

jstave (734089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366204)

Doesn't matter if its rotating. The course change happens at (roughly) the moment of impact. It isn't a matter of changing the shape of the thing, but of nudging it into a different trajectory

Yes! (4, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366183)

I fully support using world leaders as ammunition to deflect asteroids.

I, for one, welcome our new Madmen-flinging overlords.

but wait!!! (1)

freerecords (750663) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366186)

Isn't this what Armageddon was all about?? Defending the earth from asteroids with mad men....

Re:but wait!!! (1)

vensonOnSlashdot (750819) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366322)

I think you mean Austin Powers :-P

Alternative methods (4, Interesting)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366189)

My favorite approach that I've heard so far is to paint the asteroid while its still a long way out. You paint one half to absorb radiation and leave the other side alone. The idea is that after long enough the sun will push the asteroid off course.

What kind of goofy people come up with this stuff?

My second favorite is to put rocket engines on lots of little asteroids and crash them into the big asteroid coming for earth. Some lucky bastard would get paid to sit in his chair at NASA with a joystick and play asteroids.

Imagine the pressure!

That is so weird! (5, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366190)

I was just discussing with a coworker about using asteriods to defend ourselves from madmen.

In fact, a good sized asteriod could clear up a lot of this country's problems in a snap!

Look out congresswhores! Mama needs a new box a' cooties, and she is mad!

Newfandangled.... (0)

ImaNumber (754512) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366192)

Back in my day we didn't have these fancy MADMEN...we had to use our trusty old ship with it's cannon, sheilds and thrusters. Of course, it never was apparent *why* we were shooting at the asteroids...we just knew that it made the little number at the top go higher.

Hmmm, let's think about this for a sec. (5, Insightful)

StringBlade (557322) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366195)

Thousands of MADMEN could be built by many nations and when launched, each would land on the object...

How many nations have put rockets (with significant payloads) successfully into orbit? Right, I can count them on one hand too. So where do the other 995+ nations come in and what makes us think that any rouge nation that can lauch a rocket into space has the ability to aim it, much less land it on the surface of the asteriod?

And finally, are we suggesting that we want thousands of nations to have the ability to launch rockets with payloads into outer space (or at least orbit)? I'm not being elitist here, but I think most of use agree that nuclear proliferation wasn't quite the boon we all thought it was going to be.

stick a bunch of extra mass on something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366203)

and does it not have a harder time moving? i can see an infestation of these buggers a la robotic arms from lexx, but they'd all have to be attached to the same side of the asteroid and launch a LOT of material to overcome their own added mass. i can't see rock dust having a lot of intertia no matter how hard its flung.

drilling? (1)

kertong (179136) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366208)

That's interesting, why would they choose drones to "drill"?

I would think if all they wanted to do was change the course of the asteroid, they could send up some astronauts that they find in oil rigs and menial jobs, to drill under the surface and place a nuclear explosive, then fly back home.

Oh.... wait. Dammit!

In all seriousness though, wouldn't there be a cheaper, more reliable alternative? I believe an object in motion will stay in motion, and with inertia, say an asteroid was on a straight trajectory direct to earth, decreasing its mass wouldn't change its vector at all, would it?

Re:drilling? (1)

bluGill (862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366311)

I had the same question at first, but I think I got it figured out. It isn't the drilling that does anything, it is the remains from drilling. Everyone throws the waste (what was in the hold) in one direction. f=mv, they just fling parts of the asteroid off into space in a predetermined direction. This give two results, first it slightly changes the trajectory of the asteroid, and second it gets right of some mass that would need to burn up on entry to the earth's atmosphere.

Madmen defending earth (1)

jeffrecnet (650342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366211)

I thought that the madmen, osama bin ladin, saddam hussein, and those members of alquida, alqudia or however you spell it. as named by G.W were there to create terror not defend the earth

QUESTIONS... as AC to protect clearance ;-) (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366213)

Food for thought:

1) With such a system in place, would the United States be morally or legally bound to intervene if an asteroid was destined (for example) Cuba, or North Korea?

2) Can such as system also be used to DIVERT or even AIM such a projectile as a weapon?*

*(If it helps you sleep, you can answer this to yourself as "it saved millions of lives and cut short the war by several years". You know what I am talking about)

Posted AC, because I work for The Man sometimes.

Huh? (1)

Heidistein (593051) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366218)

Whats new about this? Its just an ordinary DDoS on an astroid...? ;-)

Why not? (1)

tgraupmann (679996) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366221)

How abouy "mad hatters"? "Man" is gender specific

I have a better idea... (5, Funny)

UncleBiggims (526644) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366225)

Why not use an Illudium Q36 Explosive Space Modulator?

Are you Corn Fed? [ebay.com]

Swarm good (2, Insightful)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366228)

I think it's crucial to have redundancy in such an oviously critical mission such as saving humanity. It also offers mission flexibilty, allowing the allocation of resources in response to the threat vectors presented.

--Mike--

Whatever..... (1)

Malk-a-mite (134774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366233)

"Their study is purely a conceptual exercise. Like an architect's preliminary renderings of a new building, it will provide a few pretty pictures, a paper report and food for thought. If feasible, a defense of the planet would require decades to develop and cost tens of billions of dollars."

In short they are paying 75k for a group of people to sit around a brainstorm ideas.

Neat concept, call me when we are actually past the idea part of it.

Sagan (5, Insightful)

leehwtsohg (618675) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366234)

I think that Carl Sagan made a very good point, saying that the chance of an astroid hitting earth is increased when one develops a technology to deflect astroids from their path, not decreased.

Re:Sagan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366299)

Why would that be?

Re:Sagan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8366320)

What? Would you care to elaborate? Google came up with nada on this one.

One wonders... (3, Funny)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366246)

Does NASA (or any other US gov thing) have a special department that think up cool acronyms?

Sure they do! (1)

StringBlade (557322) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366312)

"[They] probably got a room full of guys right now, just sittin' around thinkin' shit up." - Bruce Willis, Armegeddon

Terror in Space (0)

ka9dgx (72702) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366258)

I think it's critical that we use a very secure computing system to control them, lest some "evil-doer" take them over for terrorist purposes.

It's worth considering that a monoculture of these space guardians might be a bad thing in terms of reliabilty, and weigh that against the costs of implementing multiple designs.

--Mike--

Movie? (2, Funny)

kcornia (152859) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366275)

I haven't seen the movie on this yet, so I'm unable to comment one way or another.

MADMEN!!! (1)

strike2867 (658030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366278)

Even the makers know how stupid this is, and that they are just waisting government money for no reason.

Use a more realistic model of politics... (1)

Paul Crowley (837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366285)

No-one is going to spend billions of dollars up front on a device that would protect us in the unlikely event of an impending asteroid collision. I'd recommend anyone wanting to do conceptual design to solve this problem assume that *no* precautions have been taken in advance, the asteroid has been discovered by an amateur astronomer about as late as you might expect... but that, in the remaining few weeks, the budget with which to build and launch their rescue plan is a few trillion dollars.

Re:Use a more realistic model of politics... (1)

chollowayss (653233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366305)

People won't want to pay for something like this until it's happening. Why drop millions of dollars into this system now, when the likelyhood of an asteroid-earth collision in my lifetime is virtually NIL? I think i'm relativly safe, so i'll let the next generation worry about it.

Better idea (4, Funny)

ENOENT (25325) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366287)

Just post a link to the asteroid on /.

Sounds like MAWBI (0)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366304)

Monsterous Asteroid Wiffle Ball Initiative?

Interesting Acronym (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8366324)

But, can't they find one that spells BRUCEWILLISWITHNUKES ?
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