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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    02/17/2018 - 4:57 pm | View Link
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    02/14/2018 - 5:31 am | View Link
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    02/7/2018 - 11:52 am | View Link
  • NASA just showed off how it would help save the planet from ‘possible life-threatening’ asteroids
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    07/2/2017 - 2:33 am | View Link
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  • Armageddon (1998)
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    02/16/2018 - 4:03 am | View Website
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    02/12/2018 - 3:39 am | View Website
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    08/29/2017 - 7:53 pm | View Website
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