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Divert Apophis to Mars

Warm the place up a bit
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The Russians are apparently discussing missions to divert Apophis from several potential near misses over the coming decade.

Asteroid collisions being a relatively efficient way to add some energy and start warming up the planet in advance of potential human missions later in the century.

theircompetitor, Jan 06 2010

Apophis Encounters http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/apophis/
[Wrongfellow, Jan 07 2010]

related... not really. http://www.scienced...01/100108101425.htm
Echinoderms saved my life, and asteroids made it better. [daseva, Jan 09 2010]


       picturing a stargate...
dentworth, Jan 06 2010

       Impacting an asteroid on Mars is an old idea. Apophis is not a candidate because it doesn't cross Mars' orbit.
ldischler, Jan 06 2010

       In addition, it's much to small to have any meaningful effect. If it was a comet, and several kilometres across instead, I'd consider it. There's no fishes on Mars - yet - but there is one from me.
Selky, Jan 06 2010

       //several potential near misses over the coming decade//   

       Apophis is due to encounter the Earth in 2029, and then again in 2036. <link>   

       It won't come anywhere near to the Earth over the coming decade.
Wrongfellow, Jan 07 2010

       yep, I misstyped decades, thx
theircompetitor, Jan 07 2010

       Until there are some organisms churning the soil of Mars into compost you can kick it all you want and get nothing but more fallout on the surface. We stand a better chance of warming Mars if we apply many of the remedies for climate change proposed for Earth (I'm thinking whatever we eventually do will be wrong, you realize).
reensure, Jan 07 2010

       Alpha Phi Omega sisters or APO Phis would NOT appreciate this. AT ALL.
leinypoo13, Jan 08 2010

       I just don't see where anyone gets off saying this will or will not have an impact. We have enough trouble figuring out the impact of small things <linky>.
daseva, Jan 09 2010

       If we can have the asteroid impact the Moon it will not only provide decent entertainment but ensure that it won't be a danger in later years.
FlyingToaster, Jan 09 2010

       Moon day: the day the remnants of Moon Explode day, previously known as Asteroid Hits the Moon day, reached earth and killed millions.
daseva, Jan 09 2010


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