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Pingaring t1_iuio9gf wrote

You and your children, will have been dead for centuries before this asteroid closes our orbit.

Also might be worth noting this "planet killer" is said to be 1km in diameter. Which with appropriate kinetic force is equivalent to about 1k Tsar Bomba detonations. Or enough potential energy to destroy the entirety of NYC up to Newburg and down into Hamilton Township. Environmental impact would be devastating but I wouldn't call this an extinction level event.

When these news articles start using phases like "Chicxulub" and "in our life time" then it's time to start opening the good wine.


WhirlyBirdPilotBlue t1_iuiolpv wrote

Speak for yourself weakling!


JablesMcgoo t1_iuir2hf wrote

"No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300."

-Ricky Bobby

- Elon Musk (probably)


StelioKontos117 t1_iuivjg0 wrote

“I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice.” CEO Nwabudike Morgan


DaMuller t1_iuji5np wrote

Honestly, for me it isn't so much death but old age that scares me. 20 years of prime is just not enough.


Scary_Princess t1_iuk4kqd wrote

I think you can get a lot more than 20 years of prime particularly if you take good care of yourself. Even if you don’t take good care of yourself genetics can be kind.

I work in healthcare I see plenty of 50 year olds that there prime ended somewhere in there late 30’s early 40’s I also see plenty of 60/70 year olds who can be argued to still be in there prime. I know a 60 year old surgeon who still runs ultra marathons (50+ km).

Still I understand your sentiment death isn’t what scares me either but the feebleness and pain of old age.


Helliarc t1_iuiuzoq wrote

It's not entirely unrealistic to think that the oldest living human is alive today.


James-VanderGeek t1_iujt3wx wrote

Are you pulling a Jack Handy? That statement has been true since the beginning of humanity.


IAMSTILLHERE2020 t1_iujyqcr wrote

 "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"

Sgt Major Dan Daly, USMC...tossing and turning on his grave.


jsgnextortex t1_iujeoff wrote

Honestly, I could live forever if I wanted to, but Im just lazy, I swear.


katharsisdesign t1_iuj167t wrote

Maybe we can be proactive to future generations for once instead of assuming we'd be dead by then anyway.


acidrain69 t1_iujg5qb wrote

We are being proactive. NASA just tested DART. That’s being proactive. It’s going to be up to future generations to improve on or maintain that level of preparedness.


Neverending_Rain t1_iujobfl wrote

There is no current sign of it being on a collision course with Earth. In a few centuries there's a chance it'll be a risk to the planet. It's quite possible that it won't be a threat in the future at all. Trying to change its trajectory now would be pointless. We're already working on ways of diverting asteroids such as the DART mission. There's no need to do anything other than continue that research.


Pingaring t1_iuj5ptq wrote

While that sentiment is healthy to have, it wouldn't apply to this scenario. The current stage logistics make it virtually impossible to carry out such a mission. Especially one that would be measured in centuries, forcing future scientists to have to interface with technology 150+ years outdated, obsolete, and defunct.


katharsisdesign t1_iujk4co wrote

Didn't we essentially just shoot a rocket called dart at an asteroid to hit it off the trajectory. It doesn't seem to fall inside your realm of logic of there's no point. You have no scope on what things have a point or how much money and time we waste on things that have less of a point. There can be non human life on earth that we save. Or it could be cavemen again. Who knows. But it's happened before and will again. The dinosaurs got rinsed, and every religion mentions a flood that erased civilizations clean out of history. Unless something else hits it off its original trajectory after we've launched at it and has no navigation targeting system but still. It seems like a better sentiment to make any form of effort for my potential great great great great great great grandkids or a new breed of dinosaur idfk


Alan_Smithee_ t1_iujlv41 wrote

What are you talking about??

DART was proof of concept. There wouldn’t be any old technology employed. Given enough advance warning, new interception devices would be built.

Having said that, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have designs and some advance hardware at the ready.


NeverFresh t1_iuit2fn wrote

I'm just hoping to get out of this year.


Kithsander t1_iuk6nwn wrote

Meh. I’m good. If y’all want to pull this thing over and let me out that’d be swell.


Gregoriel9 t1_iuiypx7 wrote

Either that, the asteroid is closer than we thought, or advancements in medical technology accelerate to the point of biologically immortalizing humanity within a few decades.


rashnull t1_iuj2l4j wrote

Good to know! Can’t wait to be done with this shithole planet and move on to the next plane!


sandman8223 t1_iuk2gs1 wrote

The dinosaurs thought they had time and look what happened


TheMuffStufff t1_iukbaiu wrote

Thanks for the NY reference. Def put it into perspective lol


Craptcha t1_iujoewt wrote

Went to Chixculub, didn’t see any crater. Fake news.