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Old 12-12-2017, 10:51 AM
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It's Tin Man from Star Trek TNG

Many viewers of Star Trek TNG may remember the episode Tin Man where there was a race between the Federation and Romulans to intercept this possible life form.

As you can expect I got a huge laugh and called out, "It's Tin Man" when I saw this article on a news site a few moments ago:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/teles...logy-1.3717938
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Old 12-12-2017, 11:01 AM
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But no - it's RAMA from AC Clarke.

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Old 12-13-2017, 05:51 AM
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This is indeed how many classic SF novels begin...
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:16 AM
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This is indeed how many classic SF novels begin...
Let's go wikipedia:
"Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke (1973)

"The "Rama" of the title is an alien starship, initially mistaken for an asteroid categorised as "31/439". It is detected by astronomers in the year 2131 while it is still outside the orbit of Jupiter. Its speed (100,000 km/h) and the angle of its trajectory clearly indicate it is not on a long orbit around the sun, but comes from interstellar space."
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"A real project named Spaceguard was initiated in 1992, named after Clarke's fictional project. After interest in the dangers of asteroid strikes was heightened by a series of Hollywood disaster films, the United States Congress gave NASA authorisation and funding to support Spaceguard. By 2017, there were a number of different efforts to detect potentially dangerous asteroids.

An incoming interstellar object was discovered in 2017, by Pan-STARRS, a system similar to SpaceGuard. Like Rama, the object had an unusually elongated shape. Before the official Hawaiian name 'Oumuamua was selected, a popular choice was Rama."

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