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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    10/19/2015 - 6:27 am | View Link
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    06/27/2015 - 6:00 pm | View Link
  • We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay
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    06/11/2015 - 1:55 pm | View Link
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    02/16/2014 - 2:53 am | View Link
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