Good grief, what a load of stuff and nonsense this man is saying.
So?Thanks Noah ... yes, I realize that it is HOPED that the whole comet will not be affected, but I am 99 per cent sure that there is no guarantee of this. Who could be that sure, when no-one even knows the interior morphology of the object. Suppose it were one giant crystalline structure ? What an irreversible mess the projectile would make in this situation.
A landing would be far more expensive, and was not an option for this mission.Sorry, I am not convinced. I think it's a rotten idea, and should be shelved at least until we have exhausted all NON-invasive techniques.
A football stadium is hardly the size of a 6km nucleus. And seeing that microorganisms are routinely gene pliced for research, I fail to see the problem here.The very uncertainty of the crater size ("somewhere between a house and a football stadium") indicates to me an indication <snippy> I'm really personally outraged by this. There are those who think that even life on the Earth may have originated from micro-organisms on such a comet ....
<sigh> Why do nutjobs get so much coverage?