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TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted February 11, 2013 10:01
Asteroid alert! I am sure most of the geeks here know about our upcoming near miss, I hope. So that got my goofy thought processes going. Think about a Geo-planetary probe preceding our planet as it orbits the Sun. So as the Earth passes through space this space telescope is looking for danger. Using Radar and or/ other modes to look for space junk in our lane.
 
Ashitaka
Member # 4924
 - posted February 11, 2013 13:51
this latest asteroid is passing between geo sync orbit and the earth. You would think chances like this would be the best way to get a sample from an asteroid. I mean the jappaneese tried , really thought they failed then only ended up with a few particles from their asteroid. Why not park 2 satalites in orbit, wait for one of these close encounters and get some easy asteroid dust.

My idea would be to move one quick moving satalite in thes asteroids path ans ue the other satalite to vacuum up the rocks knocked off from the collision.

cool idea huh?
 
The Famous Druid
Member # 1769
 - posted February 11, 2013 20:04
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
My idea would be to move one quick moving satalite in thes asteroids path ans ue the other satalite to vacuum up the rocks knocked off from the collision.

After **VERY** carefully calculating the effect this would have on the asteroids trajectory, to make sure we don't regret it 17 orbits later.

I like the idea. Done right, it could be used to push the asteroid into a safe orbit, where there will be no more 'near misses'.
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted February 12, 2013 06:01
Time out, Pause, wait. How is this satellite going to create a vacuum in space?
 
Ugh, MightyClub
Member # 3112
 - posted February 12, 2013 12:32
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Time out, Pause, wait. How is this satellite going to create a vacuum in space?

We'll put James Dyson on it, I'm sure he'll come up with something [Wink]
 
Ashitaka
Member # 4924
 - posted February 12, 2013 14:02
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Time out, Pause, wait. How is this satellite going to create a vacuum in space?

It'll have a long robotic arm equiped with nozzle and tube going back to a tank of compressed gass. the arm will position itself opposite from the space rock that will be anti-vacuumed up and use the gas to blow the rocks and dust and what not into the capuring recepticle. Equped with your hepa filter and all!


patent pending, patent pending patent pending.
\-homer voice
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted February 12, 2013 14:09
Now I have played with CO2 Cartridges and those Model rockets will not the robotic arm start your satellite spinning
 
GrumpySteen
Member # 170
 - posted February 12, 2013 14:22
http://www.euronews.com/2012/02/16/swiss-scientists-plan-space-vacuum-cleaner/
 
Ashitaka
Member # 4924
 - posted February 12, 2013 14:36
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Now I have played with CO2 Cartridges and those Model rockets will not the robotic arm start your satellite spinning

no it would actually move the satalite closwer to the rock making pickup easier.
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted February 14, 2013 10:16
To all of those that live South of 30N I do not think that you will be able to see the upcoming rock. Those of you with accounts at Heavens above the data is available for figuring out if you can see the rock. From 44N I am hoping for a clear sky tomorrow evening and hope to get some photos'

From the sky charts it appears that it will pass over or near the North pole.
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted February 15, 2013 05:36
A day early the advance party came calling.

CBS News

Reuters

Voice of America

From where I live it might be visible to the naked eye.
 
The Famous Druid
Member # 1769
 - posted February 15, 2013 06:16
Holy shit!
And that was just little brother.
 
Ashitaka
Member # 4924
 - posted February 15, 2013 12:42
So it is a good day to be in the glass business in russia as this thing knocked out alot of windows.

but I really wonder how many windows will be replaced.


One of the biggest things I noticed while in russia was that nearly every car front windshied in russia was badly cracked. and they don't seem to fix them for some reason.


and then there is that one crazy right wing russian politician that accused the US of attacking Russia with a new weapon.
 




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