We should nuke dangerous asteroids, expert says

Hypervelocity hit: Comet Tempel 1 obliterates the Deep Impact impactor probe in 2005.

(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD )

The meteor that slammed into Russia in February injured about 1,000 people and freaked out many more. Recent months have highlighted the danger of larger space objects that could bring doomsday if they collide with our planet.

We’ve seen potential proposals that involve vaporizing asteroids and capturing them.

Bong Wie, director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Center at Iowa State University, says we should nuke them.

At the recent International Space Development Conference in California, Wie described a plan to send a high-speed spacecraft to intercept a massive asteroid approaching Earth and destroy it with a nuclear warhead.

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