Save The Earth: Hit Asteroid With Spaceship

It sounds like the plot of a bad Bruce Willis movie, but some experts are saying it should be a reality. To prepare for massive asteroids that could aim for Earth in the future, researchers should ram a spaceship into a real asteroid to see if the space rock would shift course, scientists say.

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    07/20/2017 - 5:09 pm | View Link
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    07/17/2017 - 6:12 pm | View Link
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    07/5/2017 - 7:14 pm | View Link
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    07/5/2017 - 3:09 am | View Link
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    06/14/2017 - 3:28 pm | View Link
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  • Killer Asteroids
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    07/24/2017 - 10:59 pm | View Website
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    07/22/2017 - 8:52 pm | View Website
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    06/30/2017 - 5:05 am | View Website
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    06/28/2017 - 6:00 pm | View Website
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