In the event of an impending collision, would a nuclear bomb be enough to stop a killer asteroid ?
Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have been running computer simulations to determine if a nuke could stop an asteroid like in movies such as Armageddon. "Ultimately this 1-megaton blast will disrupt all of the rocks in the rockpile of this asteroid, and if this were an Earth-crossing asteroid, would fully mitigate the hazard represented by the initial asteroid itself," said scientists Bob Weaver. In the event of an asteroid threat however, a nuclear weapon would probably be a last resort if all other possible options had failed.
"Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a United States Department of Energy facility in New Mexico, used a supercomputer to model nukes' anti-asteroid effectiveness."
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