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We should use nukes to deflect asteroids, says astro algorithm

Asteroid about to hit Earth? Chuck a nuke at it

Asteroid about to hit Earth? Chuck a nuke at it

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Asteroid 2018 CB is set to safely pass the Earth today, around 63,000 kilometres above our heads. But if a deadly asteroid was set to hit the planet, humanity would have to scramble to conduct the world’s riskiest experiment. Since we have never attempted to shove a space rock off its course, any defence efforts would be an untested prospect.

It’s not that people haven’t come up with ideas – like chucking a whole bunch of nuclear weapons at an incoming threat – but with limited budgets devoted to asteroid …

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