Sunday, February 17, 2013

Meteor in Russia (Reveals Our Utter Ignorance and Arrogance)

This past week in Russia a meteor landed in Chelyabinsk and caused serious damage with about 1,000 injured people. 

The most astounding issue on this landing is that nobody anticipated it in spite of the billions of dollars in resources spent for space research. We are basically wasting money if, after spending it with aplomb, cannot issue warnings to people living around the predicted meteor impact zones.

Everybody was surprised by this meteor: scientists, lay people, and clergy. Yet the event could have been predicted just like hurricanes are, with an impact zone cone and evacuation routes. And it was not. Why do we allow ourselves to be so ignorant in the face on an event that can cause serious damage and injure or kill thousands of people?

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