Chinese Astronomers Propose Surprising Way of Dealing With “Global Killer” Asteroids

Chinese Astronomers Propose Surprising Way of Dealing With “Global Killer” Asteroids
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Perhaps the only reason why humans won’t have the same fate as the dinosaurs is that technology will be so advanced when Chicxulub 2.0 will visit us that the impactor can be treated like fireworks. But as for the moment, scientists are still looking for the right way of dealing with an asteroid or comet capable of exterminating the human race.

However, a new article posted on Fox Business grants a lot of hope. Chinese scientists are planning to send over 20 large rockets to practice deflecting huge asteroids. The researchers rely on the idea after finding during simulations that 23 Long March 5 rockets hitting at the same time were able to deflect a large asteroid by 1.4 times the radius of the Earth.

The idea could actually work

Alan Fitzsimmons, a Professor from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, declared as cited by Fox Business:

The proposal of keeping the upper stage of the launch rocket to a guiding spacecraft, making one large ‘kinetic impactor’ to deflect an asteroid, is a rather nice concept.

Fitzsimmons also said for Reuters:

By increasing the mass hitting the asteroid, simple physics should ensure a much greater effect.

The scientists’ calculations are based on the asteroid Bennu, which has the potential to cause continental damage. The asteroid is about as wide as the height of the Empire State Building.

However, according to current estimates, there’s about a 1% chance for a 100-meter-wide asteroid to hit Earth in the next 100 years, meaning that there’s almost no use worrying about ourselves. NASA is also permanently monitoring the sky for global threats. But as the fate of our children and grandchildren is at stake, scientists are condemned to keep looking for solutions to deal with the threat of a “global killer” asteroid.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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