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 We'll Stop Asteroids Claim Scientists.
Eddy
Posted: Mar 8 2007, 07:30 PM
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'WE'LL STOP ASTEROIDS'

SCIENTISTS believe they have the technology to stop an asteroid wiping out Earth in a collision.

For the first time, experts think they can deflect space rocks, such as Apophis, which has a one-in-45,000 chance of hitting the planet in 2036.

A "gravity tractor" - a spacecraft flying next to an asteroid to pull it off-course is the favourite option discussed at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington.

Other ideas include a "solar sail", a "tugboat" spacecraft, firing a missile, exploding a nuclear bomb, and boiling the surface by deflecting the sun's rays with mirrors.

Mirror, 08/03/07.


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Does anyone know anymore about this research?

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