The thought of an asteroid crashing into the earth and causing the end of humanity ought to be important, and NASA says they could find all the potential offending asteroids except that they don’t have enough money for it.
NASA officials say the space agency is capable of finding nearly all the asteroids that might pose a devastating hit to Earth, but there isn’t enough money to pay for the task so it won’t get done. … “We know what to do, we just don’t have the money,” said Simon “Pete” Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center.
We’re only talking about the end of the world here…
Granted, they speculate the cost would be about $1 billion to find them all by 2020. I don’t see what costs so much. They can use currently-existing equipment, so you just have to pay the astronomers, right? Apparently the official NASA astronomers are extremely expensive. Granted, they are highly-trained and experienced, for sure. But we can’t let a few dollars come in the way of saving the earth! So I’m proposing a new plan to NASA. The Buffet o’ Blog staff plus seven (7) carefully selected participants (for a total of 10 people) will handle this project for NASA at a fraction of the cost. We might be slightly less trained and experienced, but we learn fast, and we know a thing or two about star-gazing and saving the world.
So here’s the “fine print” : Our 10 people will do this full-time for a cost of only $1 million per person per year, using equipment already in place. That’s $10M per year for 12 years (if we start in 2008), which works out to $120 million. This is a 88 percent discount from NASA’s price, saving the government $880 million (which is not a small number!). Yes, we’re willing to do all this work for so much less than the high-priced engineers, in order to protect the earth and save money for the government.
Have your people contact my people, and let’s do this.