[FPSPACE] Looking for a vision
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Mon Mar 23 16:50:09 EDT 2009
From: E.P. Grondine [mailto:epgrondine at hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2009 6:19 PM
> > > When I started reporting on the NEO hazard,
> > > both George Brown Jr. and Eugene Shoemaker
> > > were still alive. I never thought that some
> > > 12 years later senior NASA management would
> > > still be doing its best to avoid dealing with
> > > this hazard.
> > That's because NASA should only be concerned
> > with detecting NEOs and not at this stage be
> > directed to consider deflecting anything. When
> > given such a dual direction, critics of NASA
> > are in effect given carte blanche to argue that
> > not enough funds go to deflection preparedness.
> No it isn't a lack of clear instructions
> concerning detection/deflection.
> There are several reasons for NASA's lack of
Well, let's examine H.R.6063 in some detail.
Sec. 802 (7):
(7) As a first step to eliminate and to mitigate
the risk of such collisions, situation and decision
analysis processes, as well as procedures and system
resources, must be in place well before a collision
threat becomes known.
JKO: That's phantasy bullshit. The possible scenarios
are just too many. Only AFTER a collision threat
is identified would it be meaningful to spend
funds on mitigation. Besides, chances are that no
mitigation is required until so many years from
now that future technology can be relied on.
Sec. 804 (2):
... recommend a Federal agency or agencies to be
(A) protecting the United States from a near-Earth object
that is expected to collide with Earth; and
(B) implementing a deflection campaign, in consultation
with international bodies, should one be necessary.
JKO: More SF bullshit. Would suit an Act dealing with
how we should react to a hypothetical SETI
breakthrough, but just doesn't belong in a
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
It is the sense of Congress that, since an estimated
25,000 asteroids of concern have yet to be discovered
and monitored, the United States should seek to obtain
commitments for cooperation from other nations with
significant resources for contributing to a thorough
and timely search for such objects and an identification
of their characteristics.
JKO: That's the important thing and on the peanut side
economically. So why on Earth prevaricate here,
Mr. Congressman and Ms. Congresslady? Why all of
a sudden exhibit an ostrich mentality?
And hey, what happened to the need to search for
cometary fragments? That's an area where deep
thinking is immediately relevant, as opposed to
the plans for toying around with gravity tractors
and asteroid tugs pulling and pushing harmless
miniature rocks to and fro.
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