Putting Money Into Space

Posted By: Ian · 2/25/2013 11:53:00 PM

So you're walking along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden... OH MY GOD!!!!!!!

"I ordered a Caramel Macchiato!! This is a Vanilla Bean Latte!!!" Ugh. Morning. Ruined. But you chin up and carry on, because in the grand scheme of things, a mixed up order at Starbucks is not the worst thing that can happen. I mean, it's not like the end of the world! Haha. It's not like a giant meteor suddenly exploded causing chaos and destruction to eveything in its path.

Oh wait... except that did happen.

A giant meteor did explode over Russia and hundreds of people were injured! The damage from the sonic boom alone is in the millions, and it could have been far worse if the dang thing hit in one piece. Which it didn't, thankfully, because it was a relatively small chunk of rock and our atmosphere is pretty awesome at burning that stuff up. It's always got our back!
Whew, well that's a bit of a relief. And this event is so rare it's not like it could potentially happen twice on the same day.

Oh wait... except it almost did.

That very same day, another even bigger asteroid called 2012 DA14 made a near Earth pass. It came closer to us than our moon. It was even closer than some satellites! And while this chunk of space passed us by like we were the sushi buffet at a cheap casino, there are countless others out there who may decide to one day the sashimi, and come crashing in for the kill.

Unfortunately for us, Bruce Willis isn't really certified to carry out a rescue mission. So what else can be done? 
The trouble is, how can we know what to do unless we finance some research and development in the field of space.
Which is a very, very, very, very, very, very big field.

Just in case another quiet morning is interrupted by a cosmic blast, maybe it's time to put a little more money into space programs?

The latte problem may be a lost cause, but check out some of your thoughts on the space thingy! Play the audio below the photo to the right.

Keep your eyes on the sky!


PS- TONS of videos of the meteor right here!

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