Just Nuke ’em

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Published: June 29, 2015 3:20:00 AM

NASA could soon ensure that there are no errant asteroids and meteors

It’s a nuclear deal that has no one on Planet Earth worried. The National Aeronautical and Space Administration and the National Nuclear Security Administration, a Department of Energy branch, have agreed to use nuclear power to deflect heavenly bodies such as comets, asteroids and meteors that could potentially crash onto Earth. It’s a plan to provide national security through the military application of nuclear science, according to The New York Times. While the idea is good, not all scientists are quite enthused by the plan. The reason is that nuclear weapons can be used to neutralise comets and steroids between 164-492 feet. However, the fear is that the rock debris in case the comet is blasted could result in more damage. That’s where the concept of deflecting the asteroids makes better sense than blasting them.

This is not the first time NASA has indicated that nuclear solutions is the way to fight killer space rocks. A 2007 NASA study pointed towards the same. Both NASA and NNSA have been independently researching how to use nukes to deflect comets, asteroids and meteors. This new partnership could give them an opportunity to compare their respective research on the subject. Now if you thought all along that only Hollywood was worried about such extraterrestrial issues, this is a clear indicator that others too are as worried.

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