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  • Impact Probabilities In The End Asteroids
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    Asteroids sling through space, celestial debris of diverse origins, leftovers from the formation of the solar system, broken offshoots of parental asteroids or comets that have lost their glow. But if an asteroid were to smash into Earth, the result would mean a global catastrophe and life on our Planet could come to an end. The explosion would approach that of a million megatons of TNT- sixteen hundred times greater than the most powerful nuclear weapon ever tested (Barnes-Svarney 234). "Astero...
  • Asteroid Hit
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    The universe is a shooting gallery and earth is the bullseye. The earth is always under threat of a domesday asteroid that will wipe out civilization. There are over one thousand asteroids traveling toward earth and only three quarters are accounted for. Where are the other one forth No one knows because the government doesn't fund NASA astrologists enough to cover the asteroids. Just one impact could end civilization as we know it. No matter where it hits everything would die, even bacteria. To...
  • Eject Asteroid Chunks Into Space
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    Defense Measures A mission to smash into a space rock to deflect it and study its structure has been given priority over five other potential asteroid projects by the European Space Agency. The slam-bang 'Don Quijote' mission would help scientists figure out how to deflect or destroy any asteroid in the future that might be found to be on a collision course with Earth. The project uses the Spanish spelling of Don Quixote, the protagonist in Cervantes' novel who has chivalrous ideas that tend tow...
  • Asteroid And Comet Impact Hazard
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    Near Earth Objects What are NEOs? Where do they come from? Do they pose any real threat to Earth? Can they provide viable space resources? All of these questions are now under investigation by planetary scientist. There are two highly recognized research programs that I will discuss with you. The Spaceguard program is sponsored and run by NASA Ames Space Science Division: Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazard. Also under the direction of Dr. Tom Gehrels the University of Arizona has the Spacewatch pr...
  • Impacts Upon The Earth
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    Despite the geological appearance of Earth, it has been hit many times by asteroids. Most of these impacts occurred while the Earth was still forming. A major asteroid impact about 65 million years ago is said to have killed off the dinosaurs and most of the other life-forms living in that period. This impact was in the Yucatan Peninsula, about 200 miles west of Cancun. The asteroid was about 10 km in size, with the energy equivalent of more than 100 million megatons or 5 billion Hiroshima atomi...
  • Or Comet Impact On The Asteroid
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    Asteroid, Meteor, Or Comet Impact On The Asteroid, Meteor, Or Comet Impact On The Earth! Richie Nove Per. 2 Science Regents Paper Project One Asteroid, Meteor, or Comet Impact on the Earth! An asteroid is a small or minor planets that are members of the solar system and move in elliptical orbits. Usually found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A comet is relatively small, rocky, and icy. It revolves around the sun. When a comet passes close to the sun some of the ice turns to gas. This gas...

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