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15. Re: New asteroid detector? Feb 18, 2013, 15:16 mag
Armengar wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 11:13:
Why bother with an asteroid detector? It isnt like we can do anything useful about them. They either burn up or obliterate the earth. Pretty much the only options with our firepower.

For one like we just saw, you could warn people, "Hey. Stay away from windows."

For one a couple times bigger, you can say, "Take normal tornado precautions."

For the really enormous ones that we spot really early--we actually do have the technology to divert them, given ample lead time.

There's a wide gulf between planet killers and shooting stars that we can have people prepare for.
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