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Nuking A Hazardous Asteroid Can Reduce The Threat By 99%, New Study Suggests

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory based in California runs such simulations every two years to study the impacts of possible asteroid collisions to Earth. Analysing the simulation, where the asteroid 2021 PDC is blasted with one megatonne nuclear bomb while on a collision course to Earth, showed that impact can be reduced by 99%. In an interview with Gizmodo, lead study author Patrick King said that the impacting mass from hitting the Earth can be prevented 99 per cent or more if a robust nuclear disruption technique is deployed at least one month before the impact.

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