Nuclear weapons will be used as a means to defend our humanity from the danger of upcoming asteroids.
Scientists have been discussing the best way to defend ourselves from asteroids, with NASA even establishing a Planetary Defence Coordination Office (PCDO), and a team from Tomsk State University’s Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics believes that they have come up with a solution
Tatiana Galushina of the university’s department of celestial mechanics and astrometry said: “The method we suggest to destroy dangers from space makes sense to use when it is not possible to eliminate the object more gently, or it can be used to destroy objects that are constantly returning toward Earth.
“Previous preventative measures proposed destroying the asteroid on its approach to our planet, but that could have catastrophic effects if a multitude of highly radioactive debris falls to Earth.”
The team explains that asteroids which pose a threat to Earth will approach us several times due to its orbit and trajectory, and they say that when it is moving away, that is the best time to strike.
Galushina added: “Since the rocket blows the asteroid backward, practically all the fragments after the destruction fly forward.
“10 years after the explosion a tiny number of fragments will fall to Earth, whose radioactivity has significantly decreased during that time.
“It should be mentioned that nuclear explosions in space are forbidden under international law, but in the case of a real threat to humankind an exception to that rule can be made.”