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How a paintball gun in space could deflect a 27 gigaton asteroid away from Earth

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  1. matthew$ 'Hit Em Hard, Hit Em Fast'

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    How a paintball gun in space could deflect a 27
    gigaton asteroid away from Earth

    MIT researchers found that coating asteroid in paint could affect its reflectivity, altering its course Researcher has been awarded a major UN prize



    While Hollywood has focused on huge amounts of explosives or spacecraft on a kamikaze mission to deflect asteroids, Us expert say the reality could be a little simpler - and stranger. Researchers believe a very pale asteroid would reflect sunlight, and say that over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course. However, asteroids are made of dark rock - so the team proposed using a large space based paintball gun to coat it with white paint Violent images in movies, TV or computer games CAN act as triggers for aggression, says new

    full of paint powder, launched in two rounds from a spacecraft

    If timed just right, researchers say

    report

    at relatively close distance, would cover the front and back of

    pellets full of paint powder,

    an asteroid, more than doubling its reflectivity, or albedo.
     
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  2. foot Now I originate.............

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    BOTW nominated..............Again(y)
     
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  3. matthew$ 'Hit Em Hard, Hit Em Fast'

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    Oh dear :)
     
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  4. Cook$ Just the tip....

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    God, I remember being incensed the first time this was post, now it's even more ridiculous....
     
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    here we go again :rolleyes:
     
  6. Missy-Q 300lb of Chocolate Love

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    Did you only copy and paste every 2nd sentence of something? Or maybe get 2 different stories and do some kind of fancy 'mash-up', like what they did to Micheal Jackson songs on Glee?
     
  7. matthew$ 'Hit Em Hard, Hit Em Fast'

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    Nope that's how it reads type it in google to see
     
  8. Cook$ Just the tip....

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  9. Missy-Q 300lb of Chocolate Love

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    I looked at the article, and while it is awful, it still makes a lot more sense than what matthew$ posted.

    Sorry matthew$, this week my vote is for you.
     
  10. matthew$ 'Hit Em Hard, Hit Em Fast'

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    Wouldn't want it any other way :)
     

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