A study plan for the "Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle" was developed in 2011. "Despite the uncertainties inherent to the nuclear-disruption approach, disruption can become an effective strategy if most fragments disperse . . . so that a very small number of fragments impacts the Earth," says a write-up about the project on nasa.gov.

Though only on the drawing board, the proposed system "offers a potential breakthrough or great leap in mission capabilities," NASA says. "The proposed HAIV system will become essential for reliably mitigating the most probable impact threat: NEOs with warning times shorter than 10 years."

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A scene from short film about the asteroid mission made by the Lunar and Planetary Lab.
Ray Stern
A scene from short film about the asteroid mission made by the Lunar and Planetary Lab.

Sounds like a cliffhanger.

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16 comments
zengphoo
zengphoo

OH wow, 2018 is not that far wawy at all man.


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Ian Calder Drummond
Ian Calder Drummond

I just moved away from Arizona after 14 years And I am being an asshole.

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Ian, UA has been involved with the NASA Mars missions, its mirror labs creates mirrors of all the major telescopes around the world, its astronomy program is world-renowned.

Toby San
Toby San

The 'redness' of Maricopa county vs. the 'blueness' of Tucson will be apparent.

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

If that hits us the grid is gonna go down. Then my dad better watch his back. #souppunch

Jason Stafford
Jason Stafford

Good thing its Arizona and not ASU. Though they could launch a bunch of piss drunk frat boys into the meteor and try an explode it that way.

Geary Morris
Geary Morris

They will intentionally direct it to hit ASU Stadium ;-)

Kit Hunn
Kit Hunn

Can't wait for the slew of comments from Phoenicians attempting to bash Tucson without realising that UofA is involved, if not leading, every major NASA mission.

Ian Calder Drummond
Ian Calder Drummond

Great. We are counting on a college in Arizona to save us ? The professors will probably get drunk in the middle of the project.

 
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