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zboy
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Icon 1 posted July 04, 2005 11:33      Profile for zboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/04/science/04cnd-comet.html?ex=1278129600&en=717524583e11a8b7&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

So after reading this article, I have decided I need to work for NASA. Who sits there and says lets throw a spaceship at a comet and see what happens ... me! That would be so cool.

I am one of those guys who broke my brother and sisters toys just because I wanted to see how they worked. I love demolition derbies, and like seeing things break.

Since they have already done this, I think my first official job for NASA would be take a mobile home and throw it into the moon just to see what would happen.

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Icon 1 posted July 05, 2005 10:57            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by zboy:
I think my first official job for NASA would be take a mobile home and throw it into the moon just to see what would happen.

Far more worrisome is what would happen if someone on the moon threw a house-sized chunk of it at Earth. See Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. (And that's a book I'd like to see someone do as a movie...but I'd also be afraid of someone trying to do it as a movie, if you know what I mean.)
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Icon 1 posted July 05, 2005 15:07      Profile for supergoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Managing to collide a space probe into a comet is a much more astounding feat than it appears to be at first...it's like saying "Okay, let's hurl a soccer ball (football) up in orbit for six months and then let's try to hit it with a ping pong ball EXACTLY at the right time."

Basically it could've been very easy to make a minor error in calculations or have the probe malfunction and miss the comet by a mile or two.

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Icon 1 posted July 06, 2005 07:36      Profile for Jonathan   Author's Homepage         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.... I had a dream last night that I destroyed the moon! [Razz]
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