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the_ignored
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Posted - 06/29/2008 :  17:12:59  Show Profile Send the_ignored a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From Phil Plait's site.

In the new NASA appropriations bill passed by the House* (and must get matched with the Senate version) there is a line asking the NASA Administrator to look into seeing what they can do about Apophis.

Apophis is an asteroid that'll pass pretty close to Earth in 2029; in fact it'll be closer than our own geosynchronous satellites! It won't hit, but its exact path is unknown; if it passes at just the right distance, the Earth's gravity will warp the asteroid's path just enough that the next time it comes in -- in 2036 -- it'll hit.

Ouch.

A good thing to do is to plant a radio transponder on Apophis to be able to track it accurately and see what this thing will do in 2029 and 2036. That's what the House line item says to do.



He has instructions on how to get to the bill to read it for yourself:
You can read it by going to Thomas (the Congress search engine), searching on asteroid, clicking on "H.R.6063.RFS", then clicking on Section 803.


Sure, the chances of impact are small, but it's close enough that at least some in the U.S. Gov't are thinking that we should keep an eye on it...this is a hopeful sign that they're not as myopic as they seem.


>From: enuffenuff@fastmail.fm
(excerpt follows):
> I'm looking to teach these two bastards a lesson they'll never forget.
> Personal visit by mates of mine. No violence, just a wee little chat.
>
> **** has also committed more crimes than you can count with his
> incitement of hatred against a religion. That law came in about 2007
> much to ****'s ignorance. That is fact and his writing will become well
> know as well as him becoming a publicly known icon of hatred.
>
> Good luck with that fuckwit. And Reynold, fucking run, and don't stop.
> Disappear would be best as it was you who dared to attack me on my
> illness knowing nothing of the cause. You disgust me and you are top of
> the list boy. Again, no violence. Just regular reminders of who's there
> and visits to see you are behaving. Nothing scary in reality. But I'd
> still disappear if I was you.

What brought that on? this. Original posting here.

Another example of this guy's lunacy here.

Edited by - the_ignored on 06/29/2008 17:14:53
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