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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    10/27/2016 - 11:00 pm | View Link
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    10/12/2016 - 9:47 am | View Link
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    09/22/2016 - 1:42 am | View Link
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    09/11/2016 - 6:58 pm | View Link
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    09/7/2016 - 4:18 am | View Link
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  • Armageddon (1998 film)
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    11/29/2016 - 12:42 pm | View Website
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    11/26/2016 - 7:48 pm | View Website
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    11/23/2016 - 2:37 pm | View Website
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