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ATLAS Meteor Tracking System Gets $5M NASA Funding 104

An anonymous reader writes "After a huge meteor recently exploded over Chelyabinsk (population 1,130,132), Russia, NASA has approved $5 million for funding for ATLAS project (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System). From the article: '"There are excellent ongoing surveys for asteroids that are capable of seeing such a rock with one to two days' warning, but they do not cover the whole sky each night, so there's a good chance that any given rock can slip by them for days to weeks. This one obviously did," astronomer John Tonry of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii told NBC News Friday.'"
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ATLAS Meteor Tracking System Gets $5M NASA Funding

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  • by Alex Pennace ( 27488 ) <> on Sunday February 17, 2013 @11:29PM (#42932361) Homepage

    So you're saying that the timing is just a coincidence?

    It passes the sniff test. Consider the possible scenarios:

    1. As per [], this has been in the works since 2011, grant money was released in January 2013, and only now is the mainstream media reporting on it.
    2. An American bureaucracy approves a $5 million grant within three days, two of which are Saturday and Sunday.
    3. There was already a fully-working secret skunkworks detection system that knew months ahead of time that Chelyabinsk Oblast would be grazed by a meteor, and they kept it a secret knowing there would be a lot of grant money headed their way; the only person they told was cousin Igor back in Russia who was ideally positioned to do brisk business in underwear and trouser sales

    Which scenario is the most plausible?

  • by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @11:57PM (#42932461) Journal

    This doesn't exactly fit the topic, but I don't know of a good place to even ask this question. At one time the official advice was to open windows during a tornado, so that pressure inside the building could equalize with the atmosphere, thus reducing destruction. I think that advice has been thrown out, because if a tornado does hit your house it's toast, and at least having your windows closed gives a little protection from flying debris and hail.

    However, the opening windows advice does sound good for massive shock waves, like from a meteor. If you'll notice in the videos showing windows in apartment buildings blowing out, it was pretty evenly distributed across the building. It might have affected 1 in 5 windows or so, which to me appears to have been the necessary amount to equalize pressure in the building. My point is if if that number of windows had been opened on purpose, then I bet none would have had to have blown out.

    Anyone know anything specific about this kind of thing?

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