the Nubile Projectile gets no respect
What the heck is Deep Impact, anyway?National Geographic
Scientists, who know very little about the interior of comets, hope the trash can-size projectile will smash a hole deep enough in the comet's icy exterior to reveal what lies inside it.
Deep Impact is a trashcan. We're flinging trashcans
at 23,000 mph around the solar system?
No, actually - It's a table, and a washing machine!
JPL calls Deep Impact an "Impactor" - which is about as sexless a term that NASA could come up with, which much have been chosen with great deliberation and forethought.
So, anyway, as Deep Impact is a washer, a dryer, a trashcan, a table, and an impactor, I know what it is now.it's absolutely everything a 50s woman could use in space
It's a washing machine:
Great. And what 2050s woman would want to do laundry? Let's hurl our appliances at the stars. What if we actually did start - purposefully - flinging our malfunctioning gear to immolate itself against various comets, asteroids, and worlds?
"Little Magee Mae, of Chicago, Illinois, smashed her 1975 gremlin against Phobos today, to great scientific result and satisfaction. Magee, who is a grandmother of 3, clapped her hands and twirled with glee. 'That'll teach that old stinker', she said. 'I been afraid to drive that for 65 years'."
"Bill Smith, of East Clinton, Texas, hit Toutatis with his Xbox 780 today. 'It made a better explosion in space than it ever did on the TV', he said."
"A group of internet enthusasists coated asteroid MN2004 today with a full spread of AOL subscription CDs. They note that the dramatic increase in reflectivity will help in tracking it when it passes by again in 2029. Some scientists expressed concerns about the Yorp Effect, but a spokesman for the group, tapping lightly against a map of Washington, said 'oh, no - we calculated for that precisely...'"
At least Deep Impact spacecraft ready for climax of comet-busting mission
has a sexy title...
And 625,000 names on a mini-cd are getting smashed against it
We don’t know what level of satisfaction the 625,000 will get knowing their name is going to be vapourised in space hitting a traditional symbol of woe and misfortune. However it is nice to know that they are involved in the highest smashing of a record ever recorded. Now why didn’t they include some Boyzone singles and some Bulgarian Popfolk while they were at it?
Not one single
news article I've read talks about the potential material value
of mining comets or asteroids
... not one.
After the spectrographic analysis is performed (I have to stop reading these NASA press releases, it's making me overuse passive voice!), we'll be able to calculate the comet's value on earth, in dollars. It's liable to be a big number - but an even simpler number, if we could use the cometary materials IN space (in-situ), is easy to calculate. Launch costs from earth are well over 100,000.00 $/lb, and estimates for the comet's mass range from .1x10^14
kg, a kg is 2.2 lbs and thusly we could get a headline like:
Comet Tempel 1 worth 2.2 million trillion dollars in earth orbit!
Now look. That's a really big number. It's hard to cope with.
I wish it was possible to do a fantasy plot of this asset vs google's assets on some fictional stock exchange, and I remember how hard people tried to open new routes to India, Japan and the Americas.
It's easy to repeat this mission for other objects that are equally interesting
- and closer. I am so tired about endless talk of defending against asteroids
and never talk about using them. I'd go on - by I have written about it too many times before
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