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Stopping an Asteroid

Posted by Science Explored on February 16, 2013

Up there in the sky…it's a bird!  It's a plane!  No, it's an asteroid!  On February 15th, 2013 a 150-foot wide asteroid named 2012 DA14 will graze the Earth.  In fact, it will pass so close to Earth that it will be closer to the atmosphere than some of our satellites.  If Hollywood were in charge of this asteroid, it would likely follow suit of movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact where Earth's leaders bravely send a salvo of nuclear weapons to intercept and destroy the asteroid before it hits our planet, or hire an elite team to land on the asteroid and plant an explosive on it.

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