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March 07, 2007

Planetary Defense Conference

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Right now you're missing the most bad-ass conference EVER. The Planetary Defense Conference in Washington DC brings together scientists, astronauts, politicians and futurists to come up with a master-plan on how to keep an errant asteroid from smashing into Earth and bringing life as we know it to an end.

Conference attendees will be talking about how to detect oncoming asteroids, what's the best way to nudge potential planet killers into safe orbits, and what's the right way to tell all of humanity they're about to die. Now that's what I call a conference.

If you want to get in on the action, you still have time. The conference runs through Thursday.

P.S. Think this whole threat of being hit by an asteroid thing is something we don't have to worry about for a million years? You obviously don't know about 99942 Apophis.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 7, 2007 09:14 PM

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It ain't the ones we can see coming years ahead of time that worry me, it's the one that glides out of our sunward blind-spot with only a few month's notice before the grand slam. A half day's warning would be okay -- it'd be obvious there's no time to do anything but pray, drink, fuck, or whatever carpes your diem. But a several month warning? No time to do anything useful, but much too long for a bacchanalia.

Posted by: G. L. Dryfoos at March 8, 2007 01:17 AM

The thing that freaks me out is that a sizable proportion of the near Earth asteroids we discover are fist spotted as they are heading away from Earth. In other words, we never saw 'em coming. Yikes!

Posted by: Chris Spurgeon at March 8, 2007 09:34 AM

Okay, that did it. Now I'm even more scared.

Posted by: G. L. Dryfoos at March 11, 2007 02:52 PM