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Now, Will We Learn the Truth?

Updated on June 27, 2011

Asteroids

In my hub “What do we know about space”, I asked the questions: can we believe what our scientists and governments tell us? Is there really a race going on? Why is the Defense Department getting involved and what is worth defending in space?

Today, it would appear that I got my answer.

There was an article released stating the five main reasons we should study asteroids.

Number three, yes, number three was because one may crash into Earth. Two of the five were because there may be minerals we could mine.

So there is a race going on. Each nation wants to be the first to get to an asteroid, claim it as theirs and mine it. Of course having laid claim to it, they would have to defend it.

So all this about wanting to reach a star in 100 years is probably smoke, they want the technology, in order to be the first to reach the asteroids.

The next thing: It was suggested that they may try to change the direction of an asteroid.

They say that ANOTHER benefit to this would be that they could deflect one from hitting the Earth. If that is another benefit, what is the real reason: To keep an asteroid close enough until it was fully mined?

So they are talking about deflecting an asteroid that isn’t going to hit Earth. What if they get it wrong and deflect it and it does hit Earth?

The motivations to companies to find vehicles to take tourists into space, are they just a sham? Perhaps they don’t care about tourism but need to be able to charter vehicles to transport their miners.

How far ahead are they with their plans? Have they already started to train miners? Have they started building their defensive weapons?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes: where did the financing come from?

Now, that it has been disclosed what is really going on, will they now start to tell us the whole truth about their visions of the future and will these visions help mankind, just a nation or will it only benefit a few, who are already rich?

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      mib56789 

      7 years ago

      Keep thinking rafken. It's good for the mind. Keep writing rafken. It's good for the heart.

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      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Rafken,

      I will not respond to those who have made personal attacks against me but I have reconsidered not the mining the asteriod thing but they have completed a fission reactor which would resolve alot of our fuel issues in space. I think it is a half baked idea as Russian Theoretical physics believe the idea engine would be a fusion/ fission hybrid. I have been around and back again with MIT who thought I didn't know what I was writing either until I could site the paper and then everyone shut up!!!

      It could be that they are building a new space vehicle with a fission reactor as an engine.

      The sky isn't falling but there might be a new space module being built for further space exploration.

      Wow I could write a post without attacking people. So sad your other respondents can't be as civilized.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Very thought-provoking, rafken.

      There is an obvious tone of paranoia, there, some of it likely justified. Some perhaps overblown.

      There is always a profit motive on something like space travel. DOD wants the "high ground" that space affords. That's only human nature. And we don't always trust our neighbors to remain civil. Of course, the United States has not always been civil, either.

      JT Walters doesn't seem to be aware of the fact that some meteors are solid iron (or nearly so). Supernovae spit out more than merely iron. Some of its by-products include all of the rare earths that facilitate some of our modern technologies.

      One good thing about asteroids is that you can lift your payload off the thing without expending a lot of energy as you'd have to blasting off from the Moon or Mars.

      And yikes! Getting calculations wrong and directing that "heavy rain" toward Earth is not going to make someone's day. It might just end civilization rather abruptly.

      I would certainly want more than one group to review the calculations before allowing such a maneuver.

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      mib56789 

      7 years ago

      You're a good reader and a good writer, rafken. And I have read your HUB and between the lines. But in response to your questions:

      Can we believe what our scientists and governments tell us? ~ UM ... some of it. Please don't make me calculate percentages.

      Is there really a race going on? ~ YES! There's always a race going on!

      Why is the Defense Department getting involved and what is worth defending in space? Because they're responsible for national security and ...

      There's a steady paycheck in it.

      Good HUB! It stood up to my attitude.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this very interesting hub,it made it a great read !

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      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      The probablity of an asteroid hitting the USA is so infinitely low. We have meteors that hiut all the time and they are no good as ore so why would an asteriod be any good? I think if you loof for th esimplist answer it is more than probably true. We haven't even reached outside of Low Earth Orbit or LEO in a very long time with a manned mission? You think this is about asteriods?

      No, it is about funneling money out of DOD/Space and sending it to DOD offense. I knwo I live never Nasa and they aare looking at huge lay offs. S if there is a race it is to the unemployment line for Nasa.

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Fascinating. I think Peter is right. We have to learn to read between the lines.

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      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Rafken, outstanding deductive reasoning. I think the truth is out there already, we just have to find it. Just like your piece has done, we just need to read between the lines just a little and we'll see it. Thanks for the interesting and thoughtful Hub. Peter

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