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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  • Nasa to smash spaceship into asteroid as part of emergency rehearsal mission to save mankind
    The shrapnel could pose a risk to Earth, too. Nasa and the European Space Agency ... will be launched in 2020 and begin orbiting Didymos in 2022. Nasa's DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) will hit the rock a few months later, as AIMs telescopes ...
    03/24/2017 - 10:59 am | View Link
  • Scientists study 'Death Star' to save Earth
    The nuclear explosion near the asteroid would heat up one part of it ... The second aspect of their work is what happens if the unthinkable occurs, and Earth is hit by a hazardous object, O’Brien said— in that case, they’d want to mitigate the ...
    10/12/2016 - 9:47 am | View Link
  • NASA’s Asteroid Mission Could Save Earth From Potential Impact
    While asteroid Bennu is unlikely to crash into Earth, scientists think that by understanding and studying its composition, they could find out how to prevent other space rocks that could potentially hit the planet. "I think that's the whole reason we have ...
    09/11/2016 - 6:58 pm | View Link
  • NASA launch mission to stop KILLER asteroid: Giant rock could kill millions in 150 years
    The asteroid is set to pass close to the Earth in 2135. So close in fact, that it is feared the gravitational pull of our planet could pull it in closer for a hit during another passby later that century. The mission was last night praised by Planetary ...
    09/8/2016 - 6:07 pm | View Link
  • We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay
    For example, a loss in weight equal to that of three grapes can mean the difference between an Earth hit or miss. The speed of an asteroid’s spin is affected by heat, which is in turn affected by the reflectivity of the rock’s surface. The vast variety ...
    06/11/2015 - 12:46 pm | View Link
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  • Armageddon (1998)
    After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the ...
    03/24/2017 - 7:51 am | View Website
  • Incoming Asteroid Passing Extremely Close: “If It Doesn’t ...
    Incoming Asteroid Passing Extremely Close: “If It Doesn’t Hit Earth, May Strike Something Around Us!” So, there could be noteworthy damage.
    03/19/2017 - 12:43 pm | View Website
  • An Asteroid Just Barely Missed the Earth, Flying Closer ...
    An asteroid between 16 and 34 meters in diameter (36 and 112 feet) flew by the Earth this morning, about twice as close to our home planet as the moon.
    01/9/2017 - 2:17 pm | View Website
  • NASA's bold plan to save Earth from killer asteroids
    Just beyond Earth's home in the solar system, about 94 million miles from the Sun, a coal-black asteroid slowly rotates as it orbits our star.
    01/9/2017 - 12:26 am | View Website
  • Sure, Earth Could Get Hit by a Deadly Asteroid–But There?s ...
    Sure, Earth Could Get Hit by a Deadly Asteroid—But There’s an Upside Con: Devastating outer space impacts. Pro: Global unity!
    12/22/2016 - 2:42 am | View Website
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