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German schoolboy, 13, corrects NASA's asteroid figures: pap

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A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.

Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported.

NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right.

The schoolboy took into consideration the risk of Apophis running into one or more of the 40,000 satellites orbiting Earth during its path close to the planet on April 13 2029.

Those satellites travel at 3.07 kilometres a second (1.9 miles), at up to 35,880 kilometres above earth -- and the Apophis asteroid will pass by earth at a distance of 32,500 kilometres.

If the asteroid strikes a satellite in 2029, that will change its trajectory making it hit earth on its next orbit in 2036.

Both NASA and Marquardt agree that if the asteroid does collide with earth, it will create a ball of iron and iridium 320 metres (1049 feet) wide and weighing 200 billion tonnes, which will crash into the Atlantic Ocean.

The shockwaves from that would create huge tsunami waves, destroying both coastlines and inland areas, whilst creating a thick cloud of dust that would darken the skies indefinitely.

The 13-year old made his discovery as part of a regional science competition for which he submitted a project entitled: "Apophis -- The Killer Astroid."
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time to get my affairs in order.... :-? :lol:

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Hubby has asked me to fry up a few pounds of bacon.......grill up a few dozen hamburgers and get another FCM 'cause we're gonna need a lot more boat drinks........anybody with us???? :lol: 8)
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and it's gonna be too late to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck up to save us from this one...

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RinglingRingling wrote:and it's gonna be too late to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck up to save us from this one...
maybe we can get Liv Tyler to look at it with those dreamy eyes and melt the sucker.
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CapnK wrote:
RinglingRingling wrote:and it's gonna be too late to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck up to save us from this one...
maybe we can get Liv Tyler to look at it with those dreamy eyes and melt the sucker.
Isn't she still sucking face with Viggo Mortinson? or did she go "into the west" with the other pervy hobbit-fanciers? :D

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so, we got that going for us...which is nice
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RinglingRingling wrote:
CapnK wrote:
RinglingRingling wrote:and it's gonna be too late to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck up to save us from this one...
maybe we can get Liv Tyler to look at it with those dreamy eyes and melt the sucker.
Isn't she still sucking face with Viggo Mortinson? or did she go "into the west" with the other pervy hobbit-fanciers? :D
:lol: no hobbit-foot fetish for RR? hmmm? :lol:
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Not to take away from the discussion of Liv Tyler, but FWIW, NASA says the report of them changing their projections isn't true.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/080417/21/16ikw.html

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Ok, but can we get back to Liv Tyler now? :lol:
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Big Red Parrothead wrote:Not to take away from the discussion of Liv Tyler, but FWIW, NASA says the report of them changing their projections isn't true.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/080417/21/16ikw.html
I saw that story too.

OTOH, it's been a long time since I believed anyone from the government telling me that something was "perfectly safe." They can say anything they want now; whoever's making the statement will probably be safely retired by 2029 anyway.
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I have completed my own analysis of the data and have concluded that Apophis will, in fact, collide with the Earth in 2029. The impact will knock global civilization back to the Stone Age with the unpleasant result that most of humanity will die off.

I have taken steps to preserve a small breeding population (myself and a few dozen female volunteers) deep in an unused mine shaft with enough finger food, beer and DVDs to last about 25 years.

I will emerge at that time to lead humanity into a prosperous future . . . 8)

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CapnK wrote:
RinglingRingling wrote:
CapnK wrote:
RinglingRingling wrote:and it's gonna be too late to send Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck up to save us from this one...
maybe we can get Liv Tyler to look at it with those dreamy eyes and melt the sucker.
Isn't she still sucking face with Viggo Mortinson? or did she go "into the west" with the other pervy hobbit-fanciers? :D
:lol: no hobbit-foot fetish for RR? hmmm? :lol:
I have hobbit feet. or at least the furriness. :D

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Big Red Parrothead wrote:Not to take away from the discussion of Liv Tyler, but FWIW, NASA says the report of them changing their projections isn't true.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/080417/21/16ikw.html

Oh.....my husband is going to be mad! :evil: He was planning on starting to eat bacon cheeseburgers starting this weekend........ :o :lol:
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Carolinadreamin' wrote:
Big Red Parrothead wrote:Not to take away from the discussion of Liv Tyler, but FWIW, NASA says the report of them changing their projections isn't true.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/080417/21/16ikw.html

Oh.....my husband is going to be mad! :evil: He was planning on starting to eat bacon cheeseburgers starting this weekend........ :o :lol:
tell him rubbing some dirt on the source of the pain will help.. :D

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RinglingRingling wrote:
Carolinadreamin' wrote:
Big Red Parrothead wrote:Not to take away from the discussion of Liv Tyler, but FWIW, NASA says the report of them changing their projections isn't true.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/080417/21/16ikw.html

Oh.....my husband is going to be mad! :evil: He was planning on starting to eat bacon cheeseburgers starting this weekend........ :o :lol:
tell him rubbing some dirt on the source of the pain will help.. :D

I tell him that all the time 8)
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Carolinadreamin' wrote:
RinglingRingling wrote:
Carolinadreamin' wrote:
Big Red Parrothead wrote:Not to take away from the discussion of Liv Tyler, but FWIW, NASA says the report of them changing their projections isn't true.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/080417/21/16ikw.html

Oh.....my husband is going to be mad! :evil: He was planning on starting to eat bacon cheeseburgers starting this weekend........ :o :lol:
tell him rubbing some dirt on the source of the pain will help.. :D

I tell him that all the time 8)
that explains his nickname being, "Dusty" :D

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