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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    04/29/2016 - 8:38 am | View Link
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  • Gigantic mission for University of Arizona scientists rides on ... - Arizona Daily Star
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    04/23/2016 - 12:31 pm | View Link
  • A gigantic mission for University of Arizona scientists rides on ... - Arizona Daily Star
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    04/23/2016 - 11:10 am | View Link
  • Soft-spoken Chomsky's words loud as bombs - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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    06/27/2015 - 1:00 pm | View Link
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    Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week That question was ... 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 ...
    06/11/2015 - 1:55 pm | View Link
  • Scientist: nuclear bombs could save Earth from killer asteroid
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    02/15/2014 - 7:09 pm | View Link
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    02/13/2014 - 6:01 pm | View Link
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    05/29/2013 - 5:20 pm | View Link
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    04/25/2016 - 9:21 pm | View Website
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