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NASA plans to use nukes against a killer asteroid

12-Mar-2018

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NASA has designed Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response craft.

8.8-ton HAMMER would be able to alter the orbit of an incoming asteroid.

Either by crashing into a small one or detonating a nuclear device on a large one.

Asteroid named Bennu has a 1 in 2,700 chance of striking Earth in 2135.

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Professor of Planetary Sciences and Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow.