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Old 11-08-2011, 01:02 PM   #21
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Didn't they screw up the metric conversion and crash a probe into Mars a few years ago?
That was the lens grinding dimensions on the Hubble Telescope.
Talk about fuzzy math.
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An astroid the size of a carrier *probably* would not wipe out the earth. IT would be devestating to the area it hit, but many other factors are as important, if not more, than the size. ITs composition being number 1. If it is an iron rock, than where it hits is screwed, If it is iron and other debris loosely held together by gravity, than many places will be hit, causing mass chaos (but not world ending) across the globe, along with a very pretty sky display. IF it is ice, it will shrink tremendously. Ice also has the potential to explode in the atmosphere, not throwing up much dust, but behaving pretty much exactly like a nuke would detonated higher up. LAying waste to a large area, flattening everything but being a very localized event. Something like that happened in russia in the early 1900,s in the middle of the a big forest. They discovered a huge area of the forest had been layed flat pointing out from an epicenter.

It also matters very much where it hits, if it lands in the ocean, than expect the coasts to catch some waves. If it lands on land than the immediate damage would be reduced, but dust clouds could cause problems for a while. If it where to land in yellow stone, it could set off that massive volcano and it will be all over but the crying....or not.


This is in response to the post that questioned what would happen if that rock hit us.
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An astroid the size of a carrier *probably* would not wipe out the earth. IT would be devestating to the area it hit, but many other factors are as important, if not more, than the size. ITs composition being number 1. If it is an iron rock, than where it hits is screwed, If it is iron and other debris loosely held together by gravity, than many places will be hit, causing mass chaos (but not world ending) across the globe, along with a very pretty sky display. IF it is ice, it will shrink tremendously. Ice also has the potential to explode in the atmosphere, not throwing up much dust, but behaving pretty much exactly like a nuke would detonated higher up. LAying waste to a large area, flattening everything but being a very localized event. Something like that happened in russia in the early 1900,s in the middle of the a big forest. They discovered a huge area of the forest had been layed flat pointing out from an epicenter.

It also matters very much where it hits, if it lands in the ocean, than expect the coasts to catch some waves. If it lands on land than the immediate damage would be reduced, but dust clouds could cause problems for a while. If it where to land in yellow stone, it could set off that massive volcano and it will be all over but the crying....or not.


This is in response to the post that questioned what would happen if that rock hit us.
Yea, the dust caused a few problems for the dinosaurs about 60 million years ago. Enough dust in the atmosphere , things happen that no amount of preparation can help. There is something to be said for the shock waves generated by something big traveling at about a bazillion miles an hour cause on impact too. It has happened before and will happen again. I just hope I am not home when it strikes.......
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Didn't they screw up the metric conversion and crash a probe into Mars a few years ago?
Picky, Picky....Meters/feet, oh well, its only money.
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You really trust their math, huh?


Got $125 million that says you may be wrong-

Mars Probe Lost Due to Simple Math Error - Los Angeles Times
C3shooter, are you going to be paying with check or credit card? Just to put you mind at ease, I won't send more than $10,000 or so to the ACLU, and no more than a mil or so to the Obama campaign.
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Guys, I am willing to bet $100.00 to any taker that a carrier size astroid will not hit the earth this week.

I really trust NASA's math that much.
If your wrong and we all die, How will you pay us?
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Yea, the dust caused a few problems for the dinosaurs about 60 million years ago. Enough dust in the atmosphere , things happen that no amount of preparation can help. There is something to be said for the shock waves generated by something big traveling at about a bazillion miles an hour cause on impact too. It has happened before and will happen again. I just hope I am not home when it strikes.......
Those shock waves would cause a massive amount of devastation. Disrupt the earths core causing major volcanic activity. Super volcanoes erupting. Massive earthquakes. Tsunami activity world wide. Nuclear winter if there is a breathable atmosphere left. Possible ignition of the atmosphere. Thats just he good stuff.
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If your wrong and we all die, How will you pay us?
That is the point Tex. I only bet on a sure thing.

But, being an honerable man, I would have paid off, somehow........
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