Russia says Apophis Asteroid will collide with Earth in near future. NASA says no.

Prof.

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MOSCOW – Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent its collision with Earth — a collision NASA considers highly unlikely — the head of the country's space agency said Wednesday.

Anatoly Perminov said the space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis, telling Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized.

When the 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers estimated the chances of it smashing into Earth in its first flyby in 2029 were as high as 1-in-37, but have since lowered their estimate.

Further studies ruled out the possibility of an impact in 2029, when the asteroid is expected to come no closer than 18,300 miles (29,450 kilometers) above Earth's surface, but they indicated a small possibility of a hit on subsequent encounters.
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Right, here's what we do. Send a nuclear missile up to Apophis, 150 miles before impact, detonate the warhead. The blast will knock Apophis off it's collision course with Earth. Humans get to live to see the next life-threatening disaster.:D
 

dmr727

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Right, here's what we do. Send a nuclear missile up to Apophis, 150 miles before impact, detonate the warhead. The blast will knock Apophis off it's collision course with Earth. Humans get to live to see the next life-threatening disaster.:D
No. No. No. Everyone knows that you need to drill into the asteroid and detonate the warhead from within.
 

eawmp1

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No, no, no...bend over and kiss your a&& goodbye and let next evolutionarily robust species clean up our mess.
 

leomac08

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No. No. No. Everyone knows that you need to drill into the asteroid and detonate the warhead from within.
NO, no, no, no, we all know you take a nuclear weapon and blow it to two pieces, sure we will have a high chance of one or BOTH pieces hitting us, but it will only be smaller.:p


the remaning humans will be the most powerful hominids that lived in this planet due to Darwain's Natural Selection theory, enabiling humans to tolerate huge levels of radiation.
 

nick1516

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NO, no, no, no, we all know you take a nuclear weapon and blow it to two pieces, sure we will have a high chance of one or BOTH pieces hitting us, but it will only be smaller.:p

the remaning humans will be the most powerful hominids that lived in this planet due to Darwain's Natural Selection theory, enabiling humans to tolerate huge levels of radiation.
No, no, no, no, your all wrong, you need to make an equally sized asteroid and collide the two.
 

chown33

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Nyet, nyet, nyet. Must meet NASA scientifics and show them error of ways. Then plan joint mission with aging action heroes. USA provides crazy television coverage and cheap lawn chairs for spectators. We provide cheap nukes and vodka.
 

eawmp1

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Vodka...why didn't you say so? Let's get togther and play a game of Asteroids, my commie buddy!
 

IntheNet

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Right, here's what we do. Send a nuclear missile up to Apophis, 150 miles before impact, detonate the warhead. The blast will knock Apophis off it's collision course with Earth. Humans get to live to see the next life-threatening disaster.:D
Why not let the Ruskies fail then show them how to do it with American knowhow and Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland?
 

skunk

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Why not let the Ruskies fail then show them how to do it with American knowhow and Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, and Donald Sutherland?
Why not just relax? Your "God" will surely correct the fundamental flaw in his design before anything unfortunate takes place. I mean, he didn't let any floods, earthquakes, famine, pestilence or tsunamis happen before, did he?
 

eawmp1

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Why not just relax? Your "God" will surely correct the fundamental flaw in his design before anything unfortunate takes place. I mean, he didn't let any floods, earthquakes, famine, pestilence or tsunamis happen before, did he?
I'm sure if this is the "rapture" he and Kirk Cameron will be just fine.
 

CaptMurdock

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Right, here's what we do. Send a nuclear missile up to Apophis, 150 miles before impact, detonate the warhead. The blast will knock Apophis off it's collision course with Earth. Humans get to live to see the next life-threatening disaster.:D
Only if we can shoot a bunch of missiles from Pacifica! (Just make sure to watch out for those nogoodnicks trying to steal our gold and hydrogen-128 from the vault!)
 

Mousse

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Of course the NASA isn't worried about the Apophis asteroid hitting Earth. They've got a Goa'uld cargo ship that Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c can use to save us from Apophis...again. It's old hat for them.

Looks like I won't have to play fallout anymore I will live it...I better stock up on my stimpacks, jets and mentas.
Wait, wait, wait. What if you end up in Vault 15 (Necropolis)? There's no guarantee that you'll end up in Vault 13 or Vault 8 (Vault City). I'm trying to find the fabled Vault Sexteen I keep hearing about in Fallout 2.:D
 

acurafan

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Humans get to live to see the next life-threatening disaster.:D
it's E.L.E - an extinction level event. go ask tea leoni (aka Deep Impact).

Anyone seen Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck?

"I could stay awake just to hear you breathing......" LOL.
 

Hayduke60

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Would it be wrong for me to cross out Kohoutek off my ceremonial robes and write Apophis in? I mean they are a really nice polyester and I don't want to buy new ones.
 

sysiphus

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If we have to replay Armageddon for real, can we at least get the chick from Lord of the Rings on TV for it again? :)