What Technology could save us From a Meteor/Astroid Strike?
Let’s define what these terms are, some people may be confused:
In space, a large rocky body in orbit about the Sun is referred to as an asteroid or minor planet whereas much smaller particles in orbit about the Sun are referred to as meteoroids. Once a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and vaporizes, it becomes a meteor.
If any of you are a big fan of movies like I am, you have probably seen various end of the world scenarios in a lot of movies, like Armageddon, or Deep Impact. These movies honestly scared me a bit, the thought of a big rock that could end the world and we might not even know about it till close to the end. The biggest issue with this is that less than 5% of space around earth is actively being monitored, some meteors being found are just a fluke.
If we happen to find a meteor that is within bounds of hitting earth then we have to gather our thoughts together to try to defend earth against an ELE (extinction level event). There have been tons of ideas that have been thought of to stop a potential threat, we will talk about a few in tonight’s show. If anyone remembers the movie Armageddon, the world was brought together with this event, petty differences no longer matter, fighting among our self was no longer an issue. The thing to gather from this movie is that we always think of what is wrong here on earth and what might end us is ourselves, when we fail to look into the skies for other threats.
The Biggest comfort is that our own bickering and wars have afforded us some of the technologies that may save our lives. All of our wars have gotten us missiles, laser technology, nuclear technology etc. If an event like this were to happen most people think we just launch a few nukes into space and it is done. However there are a lot more things to look at, if we just launched a big nuke at an meteor then we can cause 2 major problems. One problem faced is when you break up a huge rock in space you create many more pieces of this rock that may then be accelerated toward earth causing a lot more damage. The other is the possibility of nuclear fallout from the radiation. This is why there are a lot of controversy over carrying nuclear payloads to space stations over the years. Hopefully this episode we will be able to enlighten you as to what we should be thinking of and maybe give our future scientists ideas that may just save our butts.
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