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(C|Net)   "Pop quiz, hotshot: 500-meter asteroid, approaching Earth fast. What do you do?" "Nuke it in orbit. It's the only way to be sure"   (news.cnet.com) divider line 2
    More: Interesting, asteroids, Earth, Deep Impact, Los Alamos National Laboratory, burnup, meteors, nukes  
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2013-05-30 12:42:49 PM  
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Shadow Blasko: Yep, if you want to do the worst possible thing, sure.

All that energy is still coming at us...Now it's just gonna hit 1000 places instead of 1.


Wouldn't spreading out the impact over a larger area be better, by lessening the effect at any one point?  Also, the smaller pieces might have a better chance of disintegrating before reaching the ground.
2013-05-30 09:40:46 AM  
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Yep, if you want to do the worst possible thing, sure.

All that energy is still coming at us...Now it's just gonna hit 1000 places instead of 1.
 
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