Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard for November 28, 2021

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    monkeysky  6 months ago

    The real trick of this is: the further back you can intercept a meteor, the less force it takes to keep it out of Earth’s way. Forecasting potential impacts is as important as the launch hardware, if not moreso.

    Also, is it just me or does the meteoroid in panel 2 look like Meatwad?

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    Bilan  6 months ago

    Wouldn’t it be better to practice on something closer and calculated at the last minute? Hitting something close to Earth won’t give the rocket the luxury of accelerating to 15,000 mph.

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    jasonsnakelover  6 months ago

    One time I ran or whatever at 15,001 miles per hour.

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    GreasyOldTam  6 months ago

    Winky: “I’m ready. I packed TWO spleens!!”

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    Jesy Bertz Premium Member 6 months ago

    If NASA ever attempts to shrink asteroids with hydrogen bombs, they should name the program “Preparation H”

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    cdward  6 months ago

    Also known as TWIT — Try Winky Instead Test.

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    ACK! Premium Member 6 months ago

    I’d think it would depend a lot on the physical nature of the object you’re trying to deflect. That is, if it’s a solid hunk of metallic rock, a loose pile of space rubble or anything in between.

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    gopher gofer  6 months ago

    if the dart doesn’t work nasa plans to upgrade to a jart…

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    arrseetee  6 months ago

    I gotta admit that I am more than a little concerned that a minute mathematical miscalculation might send this thing hurtling towards us.

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    preacherman  6 months ago

    Winky is an amazing kid. He only injures his spleen and that seems to have remarkable recuperative powers. It’s almost like he’s an android.

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    blakerl  6 months ago

    Does anyone think playing bumper pool with asteroids is a good idea? We don’t want to go the way of the dinosaur by accident, do we?

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    tripwire45  6 months ago

    I wonder how he’ll hurt just his spleen?

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    ChessPirate  6 months ago

    “AAAA, my as…teroid!”

    (¬_¬)

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    tony_n_jen2003  6 months ago

    Dodge Dart?

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    Gent  6 months ago

    His spleen could deflect anything.

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    mistercatworks  6 months ago

    Speeding up an asteroid to widen its orbit would work just as well. An actual experiment is required to determine how much of the impact gets turned into heat rather than velocity change.

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    The Brooklyn Accent  6 months ago

    Soon to be renamed as Spill Poor Little Ensign’s Entrails Netherward…

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    Buckeye67  6 months ago

    Dr. Mel didn’t exspleen how Winky will redirect the asteroid.

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    Not the Smartest Man On the Planet -- Maybe Close Premium Member 6 months ago

    Ow! His spleen!

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    Gent  6 months ago

    And I thought they’d send Bruce Willis to saves the day.

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    Gent  6 months ago

    And where’s that lazy show-off alien saviour of the world Superman? Goofing off with Louis again? Isn’t this asteroid business his job? He never there when he’s needed.

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    WCraft Premium Member 6 months ago

    Sorry – skipped reading this one. You broke the limit of allowable (and attention holding) text allowed in a daily panel. Unless you are Ripley’s….

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    ekke  6 months ago

    Future newscaster: “Well, it seems there was a slight miscalculation on the asteroid redirection. Instead of it crashing into us in 30 years, how does Tuesday sound?”

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    winston5610  6 months ago

    We must also remember that an impact to divert a potential cataclysm may bring about a worse disaster when the comet or asteroid or whatever is diverted into the path of and collides with another body that would otherwise have missed Earth, but due to the diversion slams full-force into Bakersfield….

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    winston5610  6 months ago

    I don’t think Winky is the brightest bulb in the flash cube….

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