NASA attracts up plans for nuke-packing asteroid interceptor
NASA has (fortunately) been engaged on numerous asteroid diverting measures for a while now, however the company apparently nonetheless is not glad with its choices, and it is now displaying off its latest little bit of potential world-saving know-how. Designed by NASA’s Marshall Area Flight Middle, this newest system would include six missile-like interceptor automobiles that might launch aboard an Ares V cargo launch car, every carrying with them a 1.2-megaton B83 nuclear warhead. That, NASA says, ought to be sufficient to deflect an asteroid the dimensions of the Apophis asteroid that is anticipated to cross inside the orbit of the Earth and the Moon in April of 2029. In order to not make the issue even worse, the warheads apparently would not truly strike the asteroid instantly, however as an alternative detonate at a distance of 1-third of its diameter, producing a pressure that may (theoretically) deflect the asteroid out of the Earth’s path.
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