Russia Proposes Blowing Up Earthbound Asteroid

The head of Russia's space agency proposed sending up a spacecraft to deflect Apophis, an asteroid that may have 1 in 37 chance of hitting Earth in 2029:

"People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would allow us to prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people," Perminov said.

Scientists have long theorized about asteroid deflection strategies. Some have proposed sending a probe to circle around a dangerous asteroid to gradually change its trajectory. Others suggested sending a spacecraft to collide with the asteroid and alter its momentum, or hitting it with nuclear weapons.

NASA thinks that the chance of impact is only 1 in 250,000.

Link via Geekologie | Photo: Asteroid Gaspra, via NASA

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Hey armageddon's happening....finally!
But with a slight twist's mother russia to teh rescue....

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A whole 19 years away? By the time we finish this deflection device I'm sure we would have invented something by then that works three times better, and for half the price. So have they made drafts of the extent of the damage on the planet if it does hit?
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