Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Well, at least I don't have to finish paying my 30-year mortgage

Start tying up the loose ends of your life, because we have only 11 years left to live. Well, not exactly. Asteroid 2003 QQ47 could hit the earth in 2014, but researchers are confident that as more information is gathered, that this will cease to be a concern. Which is good, because if it hit the Earth, the impact would have the effect of 20 million Hiroshima atomic bombs. That would not be a good thing. While this should pass harmlessly by us, we have to assume sooner or later it's going to happen. How do we prepare for that? Here's a start: chuck the Space Shuttle, bring back the Saturn V rocket and resume moon landings in preparation for building a base with the long-term goal of colonization. We may be talking generations here, but we have to learn to look beyond the 4-year election cycle.

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