Focusing on man’s historical exploration millions of miles away would be an internationally unifying event.
If only the reallocation of such funding was feasible. But reality is never that logical or easy.
Bureaucracy and policy cloud the simplest of ideas. Scientists are hampered more by lack of finance than capability. This was confirmed when I began researching a group of astronomers who battle to operate on shoestring budgets. An idea developed of using the Internet to assist their cause.
The subject matter, to many, carries a stigma not faced by any of its scientific counterparts, and
comparing the magnitude of what this handful of dedicated astronomers are researching (asteroids, the biggest potential catastrophe known to man) to the pittance in support
they receive reveals that this must be the most disproportionately underfunded science on the planet.
This website has amalgamated all manner of topics and tangible analogies in an effort to point out an obvious fact: a supersonic space boulder is just another natural phenomenon. Our not-too-distant ancestors regarded earthquakes, volcanoes, and hurricanes in a superstitious light; today, we use satellite info to
tell us when to batten down the hatches.
Science has taught us that fireballs from the heavens are meteorites burning through our atmosphere, not some beard in a cloud throwing pyrotechnic grenades.
This is something tangible that we have the technology to investigate—but not the funds.
We have an abundance of extraorbital equipment that can track bicycles from miles above
Earth, but there is a huge shortage of telescopes looking the other way—outward, where the biggest single threat of all lies!
The research into tracking asteroids is not only about the hunt for threatening near-Earth objects but also investigates the possibility of mining them. Many are mineral rich, and there are already various blueprints
for ways to excavate them.
collision-avoidance theory is that we will land and attach a booster engine to
an asteroid. In the vacuum of space, a small thrust would push the rock off its collision course.
More than merely deflecting it, however, such future technology may be
able to bring it into orbit for viable mining purposes (or as a space outpost). This may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists predict
it could become technological fact within decades.
FAIR's original concept, in the days when it was thought the most probable method of dealing with an incoming asteroid was to hit it with a nuclear warhead, was far more ambitious. We had pledged to add members to a digital list which would one day accompany the rocket on its mission to save the planet...[More Background]
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