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Help Protect the Earth from Asteroids

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99% of all life to ever live on Planet Earth is now extinct and I don’t want to be the laughing stock of the galaxy when we are destroyed by an asteroid, or any other extinction level event, when we had a space program that could have done something about it. It only takes one and it doesn’t have to be that big.
Governments and the people who have the power to do something about it have their priorities mixed up and it makes me sick.
Right now only about 10% of NEO’s (near earth objects that cross Earth’s orbit) have been identified and are being tracked.
Despite being the first capable species, no one has developed a system to protect us from those collisions despite how dangerous they are.
An asteroid just 6-9 miles wide (10 – 15 km) was responsible for the extinction of 75% of all life on Earth including most of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Nowhere on the Earth was safe but there seemed to be refuge underground and in some oceans, rivers, lakes etc.
The 1908 Tunguska event was caused by an asteroid or comet as little as 30 feet across, that never made it to the ground but exploded about 3-6 miles (5-10 km) above the surface, unleashing a shockwave knocking down some 80 million trees over an 830 square mile (2,150 square km). The energy released is comparable to an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, or 1,000 times greater than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
More recently in mid February a meteor estimated at 50 feet wide, weighing 10 tons, entered our atmosphere at hypersonic 33,000 mph+ speeds before breaking up over Russia’s Ural mountains near the city of Chelyabinsk. The resulting shockwave shattered countless windows, damaged buildings, and injured over 1,000 people. Interesting enough this happened less than a day before Asteroid 2012 DA14 made it’s dangerously close (in astronomy terms) at 17,200 miles or 27,700 km. While DA14 is a known and tracked asteroid, 98 feet (30 meters) wide, let me remind you there are still no methods in preventing a collision.
Here is our basic plan of implementation. The technology already exists; the largest barrier will be financial.
Since only about 10% have been discovered, naturally our first goal would be to get more satellites and telescopes in orbit, a complete 360 NEO surveillance around the Earth. By identifying all the debris floating around in space, we will know 100% whether or not we are on a collision course and can prepare accordingly. You can’t fight what you don’t know about.
At the same time we plan on developing and implementing methods of preventing collisions. Perhaps the easiest method would be using propulsion systems. A series of small unmanned ships can dock to an asteroid and then propel it into a new orbit, avoiding collision with the Earth. They could also be tethered. Other ideas include painting and using solar rays to redirect incoming NEO’s, or in extreme circumstances a controlled nuclear detonation.
Ultimately advances in NEO protection can lead to mining operations, reduced dependency and drilling here on Earth, making future space travel safer, and assist/supply the terraforming of planets and future space colonies.
I apologize for having no perks because I’m just starting out, but the success of this program, since apparently our governments and the powers that be are not concerned enough about it, will deliver the biggest perk of all, ensuring our survival for generations to come.

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