How to kill a killer asteroid
February 22nd, 2013
10:42 AM ET

How to kill a killer asteroid

By Nova Safo, CNN

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The meteor that wreaked havoc in Russia last week, shattering windows around a 50-acre area and injuring 1,200 people, was not as big as the asteroids that Dr. Bong Wie of Iowa State University is worried about. He is researching how to stop one of the 400 asteroids scientists have discovered, which have some chance of crashing into Earth and potentially destroying a city.

Wie has gotten NASA’s attention with a plan that seems right out of the Hollywood blockbuster "Armageddon." He is working on a plan to bury a nuclear bomb into a potentially deadly asteroid and blow it up into tiny pieces.

Listen to the full story at CNN Radio's blog Soundwaves.

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  1. Danno

    Why blow it up? Just place a small propusion system on it surface and change the direction of travel.

    February 24, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Gtl2322

      That is one of the three ways NASA has suggested to stop an asteroid, the others being blowing it up and one other I can't remember.

      February 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  2. helenecha

    What if we make every asteroid's business their business? Do they know how they're usually out of control?

    February 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
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