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Russia considers sending craft to Apophis

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re:Russia considers sending craft to Apophis

When you think about it, isnt it a great oppertunity to study how you might deflect one of these asteroids, so long as their experiments dont have it ending up landing in Washington,Ukraine or Chechnya. :silly:
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Replied by Kerry Stargazer on topic Re:Russia considers sending craft to Apophis

Oh God that not good news to be reading:woohoo: :X
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Replied by dmcdona on topic Re:Russia considers sending craft to Apophis

"People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would allow us to prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people," Perminov said.


Hmmm. The chance of Apophis *MISSING* the Earth is about 99.9996%

It is 50 times more likely that an unknown asteroid (the size of Apophis) will hit Earth between now and 2036.

This sounds more like "muscle flexing" than a Russian mission with any credible objective. They'd be better spending their money on detecting currently unknown Apophis sized potential impactors rather than on a mission to deflect Apophis from a non-impacting trajectory. Unless they know something we don't...
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