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Old 10-27-2012, 09:11 AM #1
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Paintball Pellets Could Deflect an Asteroid from Destroying Earth

http://gizmodo.com/5955415/paintball...stroying-earth


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In his proposal, Paek used the asteroid Apophis as a theoretical test case. According to astronomical observations, this 27-gigaton rock may come close to Earth in 2029, and then again in 2036. Paek determined that five tons of paint would be required to cover the massive asteroid, which has a diameter of 1,480 feet. He used the asteroid's period of rotation to determine the timing of pellets, launching a first round to cover the front of the asteroid, and firing a second round once the asteroid's backside is exposed. As the pellets hit the asteroid's surface, they would burst apart, splattering the space rock with a fine, five-micrometer-layer of paint.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:28 AM #2
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Eh... the asteroid will wipe the hits.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:36 AM #3
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Eh... the asteroid will wipe the hits.
LOL!! Win.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:44 AM #4
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Eh... the asteroid will wipe the hits.
250 Cal is the only solution then!
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:00 AM #6
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:36 AM #7
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I did a report on the Apophis asteroid and its potential threat to our planet. This idea really intrigues me. I know the physics are different in space with zero gravity and everything, but in my mind I can't see a paintball gun transferring enough energy to even move a 27-gigaton rock. Paek also mentioned that once the rock is completely painted, it will be moved by solar energy bouncing off the white paint. Both of these ideas are very interesting and I would love to see these theories tested in space.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:10 PM #11
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why not just blow the asteroid into smaller chunks??
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Just throw the asteroid into the penalty box.
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