Re: We're gonna die!
But half-full glass: the NASA U2 plane will be able to get some great views of its topside
NASA asteroid-watchers are eagerly awaiting a January 9 fly-by of the maybe-dangerous-one-day 99942 Apophis to improve their understanding of its orbit. Named after an ancient Egyptian god of evil and darkness, the asteroid was first detected in 2004. While the earliest observations suggested a possible collision with Earth in …
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The biggest problem with Lucifer's Hammer are the damn cannibals. Although there wasn't much of London left after the tidal waves either so it's not all bad news :)
Mine's the coat with the first edition in the pocket.
Oh and for the pedants out there: Lucifer's Hammer was a comet not a 'roid ;)
There were some cool engineers in that story, brewing up mustard gas to keep away crazed army bastards in the basement and restarting a boiling water reactor probably in a worse way than FukuMammaMia.
Additionally, sending useless beancounters into the wilderness instead of taking them into the survivor stronghold? Badass!
We know where all the big ones are, so no worries about an extinction-level impact for a good century or so. (Then our predictions break down, but I'm not all that worried about big impacts over a hundred years away.)
That said, you're right - we don't know where all the ones big enough to level a city or small town are.
However, everyone knows that the only cities such things ever hit are central London, Paris, New York City, Washington DC or the Golden Gate Bridge - Hollywood said so.
You are saying that Apophis was essentially like the 'hard man' down the pub. All talk and no action, who everyone laughed at? Guess that explains his total failure in Stargate then.
(It's the one with the Goa'uld symbiont stitched in to the back of the jacket , please.)
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