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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    09/15/2017 - 11:27 am | View Link
  • TV Review
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    07/7/2017 - 4:22 am | View Link
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    07/2/2017 - 2:33 am | View Link
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    04/20/2017 - 10:18 pm | View Link
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  • Armageddon (1998)
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    09/20/2017 - 4:25 am | View Website
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    08/17/2017 - 5:55 am | View Website
  • NASA reveals space weapon that could save Earth from an ...
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    05/14/2017 - 1:00 am | View Website
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