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Mar. 22nd, 2004

Did you guys know that an ASTEROID almost hit EARTH on March 18? CRAZY, what pisses me off even more is the 22.5 BILLION dollars + that NASA spent to build a shitty robocart to pick up rocks on MARS, I mean 22.5 BILLION dollars!!!!! If they spent that much money wouldn't they investigate the pyraminds or the face of mars instead? I mean thats more freakin interesting than rocks ALSO 22.5 billions dollars could've been more well spent on other matters :| AND since asteroids are capable of wiping out all life on earth as we know it, wouldn't NASA or the Gov. create a machine of some sort to blast asteorids before hitting earth? I mean the one that fly by on March 18 was merely 26,000 miles AWAY...crazy...well here's the article...


Steven R. Chesley
Paul W. Chodas
NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
A small near-Earth asteroid (NEA), discovered Monday night by the NASA-funded LINEAR asteroid survey, will make the closest approach to Earth ever recorded. There is no danger of a collision with the Earth during this encounter.

The object, designated 2004 FH, is roughly 30 meters (100 feet) in diameter and will pass just 43,000 km (26,500 miles, or about 3.4 Earth diameters) above the Earth's surface on March 18th at 5:08 PM EST (2:08 PM PST, 22:08 UTC).

On average, objects about the size of 2004 FH pass within this distance roughly once every two years, but most of these small objects pass by undetected. This particular close approach is unusual only in the sense that scientists know about it. The fact that an object as small as asteroid 2004 FH has been discovered now is mostly a matter of perseverance by the LINEAR team, who are funded by NASA to search for larger kilometer-sized NEAs, but also routinely detect much smaller objects.

Asteroid 2004 FH's point of closest approach with the Earth will be over the South Atlantic Ocean. Using a good pair of binoculars, the object will be bright enough to be seen during this close approach from areas of Europe, Asia and most of the Southern Hemisphere.

Scientists look forward to the flyby as it will provide them an unprecedented opportunity to study a small NEA asteroid up close.

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leevanzandt
Mar. 25th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
they're too AFRAID to try to investigate the Face or the Pyramids on Mars. they're afraid they might find something up there that will bite them in the ass--or tell them they've been doing everything wrong these thousands of years.
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