View Full Version : Nasa aims to move Earth

08-05-2009, 09:49 AM
What we do without egg heads? (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2001/jun/10/globalwarming.climatechange/print)

Scientists have found an unusual way to prevent our planet overheating: move it to a cooler spot.

All you have to do is hurtle a few comets at Earth, and its orbit will be altered. Our world will then be sent spinning into a safer, colder part of the solar system.

This startling idea of improving our interplanetary neighbourhood is the brainchild of a group of Nasa engineers and American astronomers who say their plan could add another six billion years to the useful lifetime of our planet - effectively doubling its working life.

'The technology is not at all far-fetched,' said Dr Greg Laughlin, of the Nasa Ames Research Center in California. 'It involves the same techniques that people now suggest could be used to deflect asteroids or comets heading towards Earth. We don't need raw power to move Earth, we just require delicacy of planning and manoeuvring.'

The plan put forward by Dr Laughlin, and his colleagues Don Korycansky and Fred Adams, involves carefully directing a comet or asteroid so that it sweeps close past our planet and transfers some of its gravitational energy to Earth.

'Earth's orbital speed would increase as a result and we would move to a higher orbit away from the Sun,' Laughlin said.

Engineers would then direct their comet so that it passed close to Jupiter or Saturn, where the reverse process would occur. It would pick up energy from one of these giant planets. Later its orbit would bring it back to Earth, and the process would be repeated.

08-05-2009, 10:49 AM
I like how when you're fighting the evils of man made climate change, you can suggest all sorts of crazy shit in the name of changing the climate.

08-05-2009, 10:50 AM
This just sounds like a bad idea to me. We should concentrate on colonizing and terraforming new planets.

08-05-2009, 11:05 AM
The movie will be out in time for Christmas.

08-05-2009, 11:20 AM
What we do without egg heads? (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2001/jun/10/globalwarming.climatechange/print)

These people get paid to come up with these wacky ideas .
They should all be sent back to writing Si Fi Books and leave the serious stuff to others.

Once they 'spin' the earth out of orbit ,if they could,will it then be essentially a comet it self ?What keeps the suns massive gravitational field from capturing it and spiraling it into the sun ?The solar body is so massive that it could easily absorb the entire planet without even a burp.

Once the earth is released from orbit around the sun what holds the internal tidal forces from pulling the planet apart ?

The equatorial bulge due to the suns gravitational field causes the core of the earths semi plastic mantel to circulate as it moves around the sun supporting the tectonic plates.

Move the planet from the suns gravitational field and the bulge disappears,the magma gradually ceases to circulate and the centripetal forces would destroy the planet .

08-05-2009, 02:06 PM
They've been watching too many Lost episodes over there at NASA.

08-08-2009, 03:26 PM
What's wrong with warmer temperatures? FOOD GROWS IN WARM WEATHER!

NASA is such a waste of taxpayer money.

08-12-2009, 07:17 PM



08-12-2009, 07:24 PM
What's wrong with warmer temperatures? FOOD GROWS IN WARM WEATHER!

NASA is such a waste of taxpayer money.

Shush you. Global warming will destroy this planet!!!! There is no such proof that the increase in the CO2 levels helps plant growth...

08-12-2009, 07:54 PM
Well on the brightside if they can move the Earth they could find a way of moving Shannons ass. :D