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Old 10-27-2012, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Now the only question is, what brand is best for this type of job? I smell a new thread coming on "What's the best paint for meteor/asteroid deflection"?
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What do you do when the asteroid IS a paintball?
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Five tons of paint? I've seen teams bring more for a Saturday at CP.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I figured a few left over cases of monster ball would deflect anything
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The asteroid will wipe the hit.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by BigOldSkool View Post
The asteroid will wipe the hit.
Nah, it's been around too long for that sort of thing.

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Old 10-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I figured a few left over cases of monster ball would deflect anything
But the paint has to break in order for the photons to reflect off it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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First strike rounds have some of the thickest white paint although a spherical ball may fly better in space.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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From his calculations, Paek estimates that it would take up to 20 years for the cumulative effect of solar radiation pressure to successfully pull the asteroid off its Earthbound trajectory. He says launching pellets with traditional rockets may not be an ideal option, as the violent takeoff may rupture the payload. Instead, he envisions paintballs may be made in space, in ports such as the International Space Station, where a spacecraft could then pick up a couple of rounds of pellets to deliver to the asteroid.

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