Now the Russians want to nuke asteroids, too
It was just days ago that a team of scientists from NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration spoke at length about the potential to use nuclear weapons to diverse an incoming asteroid, and now Russia researchers are singing a very similar tune. In a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, a large group of Russian researchers reveal their simulated models of how such an event might unfold, and just how much power would be needed to save Earth from an asteroid armageddon.
The simulation used a small-scale asteroid fragment and a laser to attempt to gauge the force that a bomb would have to deliver to a hazardous space rock as it flies headlong for Earth. The data gathered was then scaled up, and the scientists believe they've reached a conclusion.
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