Monday, March 2, 2009

Asteroid Flyby

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090202-asteroid-2009-dd45.html

Whoa! What was that? Buzzed my hair man. Well, not exactly that close, but an asteroid whipped by close enough that it should have made more of a headline than just an afterthought article.

Look, one day, it will happen. The question is, when are we going to start taking it seriously as a species and realize that all petty squabbling is insignificant compared to the power of a devastating asteroid?

The advancement of the space program is not a science thing, or a personal thing for me, or a political thing for nations to use against each other. It's a survival thing, of the human species. If we do not develop the technology to get off this planet in an easy and sustainable way, like driving your car, then we are basically inviting extinction.

Only when we are in our most desperate hour do I think we'll make the proper strides to save ourselves. Only then, will it be too late?

1 comment:

Monsal Varga said...

Politics, bureaucracy and lack of vision may well become the final ingredients to support Darwin's theory: only the fitest survive, and adaptability to new situations is a key element.

Those who address problems first gain an advantage;
those who cut right through political agenda and crap gain an advantage;
those who see further away gain an advantage.

I bet China will guarantee the survival of its genetic code ;)