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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    04/7/2018 - 9:43 pm | View Link
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    04/6/2018 - 5:24 pm | View Link
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    03/23/2018 - 2:18 am | View Link
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    03/16/2018 - 12:30 am | View Link
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    03/9/2018 - 4:16 am | View Link
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    04/16/2018 - 9:18 pm | View Website
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    03/23/2018 - 7:42 am | View Website
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