In the news today:
RUSSIAN scientists will soon meet in secret to work on a plan for saving Earth from a possible catastrophic collision with a giant asteroid in 26 years, the head of Russia’s space agency said.
“We will soon hold a closed meeting of our collegium, the science-technical council to look at what can be done” to prevent the asteroid Apophis from slamming into the planet in 2036, Anatoly Perminov told Voice of Russia radio.
“We are talking about people’s lives,” Perminov was quoted by news agencies as telling the radio station.
“Better to spend a few hundred million dollars to create a system for preventing a collision than to wait until it happens and hundreds of thousands of people are killed,” he said.
So I am all for preventative asteroid management plans. But why would it ever have to be secret? If they could do it, half the benefit comes from knowing they can do it. Reminds me of Dr Strangelove.