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Published:September 12th, 2013 12:03 EST
NASA Needs Help to Defend Earth against Asteroids?

NASA Needs Help to Defend Earth against Asteroids?

By Ron G Anselm

Any asteroid that comes close to our house will suffer the same repercussions as any Country that tries to tread on us. (Anselm, R.)

Imagine taking a long distance drive in your 57` Chevy and as your day dream down Route 66 late one evening all of a sudden out of nowhere a huge rock with the force of an atomic bomb comes crashing down off in the horizon. You jump as the impact of this strange looking boulder hits Earth and rattles the ground as if you were running next to a contestant on the hit show, The Biggest Loser

You look in the rear view mirror trying to collect your thoughts and wake-up out of your long distance daydream and try to restore your senses to reality as your mind sends off shock waves in between your cell synopsis as it tries to comprehend what the He** is going on and the electrodes are trying to send information fast between each other in the alleys of your mind.

Kind of far fetch but that is just my imagination, but yes this could very well happen at any time to us and it did recently in Russia if any of you watch the evening news. Our planet is sitting out there in the alleys of space as if it is just a spinning top stationary with nowhere to move. There is always tons of space junk that is zooming by our planet and in some cases in recent times approaching asteroids came a lot closer to our atmosphere than what NASA originally projected it to and gave scientist a hair raising scare to be able to come up with an idea to have the general public help out with brainstorming ideas on how to defend against future asteroids that my think they can take on the world and defeat us with one crash of impact but I have news for them, when you come to my house you will suffer lots of repercussions and you will be defeated. This is also how NASA is beginning to think.

NASA has now chosen ninety-six ideas it deems as the most successful and promising ideas from more than four-hundred that were originally submitted in response to its June request for information (RFI) about protecting Earth from asteroids and also going to step further and finding asteroids that us humans would be able to also explore.

The ideas submitted helped scientists reach out and explore strange new insight on how to best identify, capture, and relocate asteroids coming too close to our planet. Some of the ideas and agenda were to shed more information on pointers on how to decrease an asteroids spin, nudge it away from the flight path of earth, try to take samples to study, and create activities to be able to heighten public awareness on the threat of asteroids.

Robert Lightfoot who is the Associate Administrator for NASA shed a little light on this by saying, "This rich set of innovative ideas gathered from all over the world provides us with a great deal of information to factor into our plans moving forward. We`re making great progress on formulating this mission, and we look forward to discussing further the responses we received to the RFI." (Lightfoot, 2013)

The ideas were resourced and submitted from businesses in industry, many universities, international organizations, and the general public. The selection process for what ideas NASA was going to go with included a panel from agency scientists, engineers, and mission planners who are currently formulating details of the asteroid initiative.

NASA is planning on having another workshop September 30th " October 2nd to examine and study more in depth the original ninety-six ideas that were submitted and selected. The workshop will include discussions by experts from inside and outside NASA and will decide if any one of the other three-hundred and four ideas that are left over from the original four-hundred submitted if maybe there are more that could also be used in the asteroid initiative.  

The study has two parts, a mission by astronauts to explore asteroids and a plan to protect earth from approaching asteroids. The study is included in President Obama`s fiscal year 2014 budget request for NASA. This will also help NASA with the agency`s progression of its Space Launch System Rocket, the Orion Spacecraft, and any other cutting edge-technology development that could help us stay the number one country when it comes to space and exploration.

But hold on to your seats, this mission and study is also a step in the direction that NASA is planning to be able to send humans to Mars by the year 2030. So, as the ideas are studied and sorted through by NASA and now with me telling people they could be taking weekend trips to the Red Planet in the 2030s, you are probably wondering what I am planning to do " well, what do you think? Take that Friday night shuttle to Mars and meet the many little green men there that are now excited to see the table turned and we are studying their planet with our funny little out of this world looking spacecraft.

                                                                         Reference

 

NASA Selects Top 96 Asteroid Initiative Ideas,

(http://www.nasa.gov/content/asteroid-initiative-idea-synthesis-workshop). Retrieved 2013

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