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

matthew$

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Jul 15, 2012
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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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Missy-Q

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Jul 31, 2007
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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.
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?
 

Missy-Q

300lb of Chocolate Love
Jul 31, 2007
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Harlem, NY
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.