Friday, June 19, 2009

NASA hair brain ideas to save the environment

I am coming at the environment hard these last two weeks. And it continues. If you think ideas from Al Gore on how to improve the environment are nuts how bout some from NASA's top scientists.

NASA would like to move the earth.

Nasa aims to move Earth

Scientists' answer to global warming: nudge the planet farther from Sun

The Guardian---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.

Yes, moving the earth seems like a logical way to combat global climate change. This sounds like something Cartman from South Park would think of.

If that is not crazy enough, how about blowing up the moon?
Stabilizing our Weather by Destroying the Moon

Unexplainable---A University professor has a moonstruck solution to the Earth's weather problems. He wants to blow up the moon - or at least send it somewhere else. "It's the only way to rid the world of scorching deserts and artic winters," says Professor Alexander Abian, a mathematician at the University of Iowa. He claims that by getting rid of the moon, the Earth will then be able to shift into a "more desirable orbit." The suggestion which has been greeted with hoots and hollers from the world's scientific community, has been presented by the 65-year old Armenian-born expert to the American government. Abian suggests strategically placed hydrogen bombs on the Earth's satellite can either blow it apart, or send it careening into outer space, maybe even into the sun. It all depends where you put the charges, he says. "We've been held hostage by the moon for 5 million years, and we've been subjected to violent extremes in weather, not to mention that the planet is slowly becoming a desert. "It's time for a change." The change would make our weather less extreme, turn our deserts into fertile farm land, and make the north and south polar regions livable. But other scientists disagree, suggesting the professor might be moonstruck. "If you lose the moon, you LOSE THE TIDES. And if you melt the polar caps, you're going to flood the seacosts of every continent," one scientist explains.
This article was from 2005, is blowing up the moon about to happen in the next few days?

NASA is planning spectacular mission to bomb the Moon

The Mirror---There are no aliens up there, as far as we know, but the Americans are preparing to bomb the moon.

A space mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral today carrying a missile that will fire a hole deep in the lunar surface.

But this is no gung-ho display of firepower – it is actually a serious quest for water.

Nasa scientists expect the blast to send out a plume of debris visible from Earth.

They want to see if any water or vapour is revealed in the huge space cloud.

If so, it could provide vital supplies for a moonbase.

The moon is mostly dry desert but ice may be trapped in craters which never see sunlight.

The unmanned LCROSS mission – it stands for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite – will fire a Centaur rocket into the surface at twice the speed of a bullet.

An accompanying spacecraft will orbit the moon for a year looking for possible landing sites for astronauts.

So next time you here a crazy idea on to save the environment, it probably not as crazy as NASA's ideas.

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