February 20, 2007


Am I alone in thinking that the only real apparent benefit of United Nations involvement in this project is the threat that if Apophisians don't find a way to change course away from Earth, that they might be subject to rape?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 20, 2007 12:51 PM

2036? Not my problem, I'll be dead by then.

Posted by: 1sttofight at February 20, 2007 01:30 PM

Use a spaceship's gravity to change the course of the asteroid? That's either a very big ship, or a mighty small correction. It'd be easier to strap a handful of engines to it and steer it where you want it.

As for U.N. involvement, I'd rather leave it to NASA, so that the funds actually go to the goal, or, better yet, private investors who want to mine the rock for whatever ores it might have. (I actually now some young men who have that as their long-term business goal.)

Posted by: MikeM at February 20, 2007 03:23 PM

It would be appropriate to send the UN up there to negotiate peace-talks with a rock. With just enough fuel for a one-way trip.

Posted by: DirtCrashr at February 20, 2007 04:56 PM