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Should more be done to tackle asteroids?

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According to Daily Mail Australia, more than 100 leading scientists and astronauts have signed a declaration asking for increased action to tackle objects that could end life on Earth.

Do you think more should be done to tackle asteroids that could destroy Earth?

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This question made me lol. Humans are so uppity we now feel the need to "do something" about how the whole freaking cosmos works?!?! I also think that by this stage the earth is probably sick of our "help" and ready for us to leave!
It is not just the Daily Mail, who feel this needs attention...let me tell you.

“Following the February 2013 asteroid impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia, there is renewed interest in figuring out how to deal with the potential hazard of an asteroid impact.
I believe they Will get some plan in place, and soon too...With the great amount of rubbish drifting around the universe, it has to happen.
We have already had a huge one hit millions of years ago, so who can say
it will Not happen again.
That is just being blind.
We must leave it to these brilliant minds, and just trust their judgement...we certainly can not do anything.
Interesting! I would have assumed that they actually had a plan in place for this! If 100 scientists / astronauts think more needs to be done, then I'll have to side with them.
Apparently funding for asteroid monitoring in the southern hemisphere has been cut because this is an 'academic pursuit' not worth the money.
by Vee
Ugh. There's a lot of that going around at the moment, and yet somehow they can find the money to fund religious training and put chaplains in state schools.
Lol, that's the Daily Mail for you. Always full of sensationalist headlines/clickbait. What do they think should be done about the problem? Is it even something that could be prevented? If scientists are calling for it I would assume they know what they're talking about but I'd like more info. Hate to give the Daily Fail traffic though.
http://www.vice.com/read/siding-springs-comets-earth-at-risk-204 - That should answer some of your questions. ;)
by Vee
I think that monitoring should be increased, but no so much to assess threats to our existence, but to have a better understanding of how our universe works. I often feel that we, as a species, think of the universe or more aptly, the planet, like a computer. Everyone's attitude is like, "as long as it works when I turn it on then I don't care". The problem is, if there is an issue with the universe or the planet, there is no repair shop, there are no technicians to role around to your house and reinstall windows so you can start fresh. There are no fresh starts here. We should be trying to understand every aspect of life that we can, and that includes monitoring asteroids both for our understanding and our safety if need be.
Believed plan in place to blast them to smithereens if they become NEO's, was feasible enough.
P.S. Latest is to get a craft to 'latch on' & using its' power plus 'solar winds', move the 'miscreant' to a 'safe' place, away from any possibility of a collision with Earth. Yay!
by donjo
Oh, okay then, I'm off to buy a harness. Push. Push. PUSH!!!!
by Rice
What on earth could be done, and why?
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