Questions tagged [planetary-defense]

related to the defense of a planet from a major destructive event such as an impact, or searches for or studies of objects (e.g. asteroids, comets or other near earth objects) that potentially pose such a planetary threat

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How will the closure of the Arecibo dish impact deep space communications?

Earlier today, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced that it is decommissioning the Arecibo radio telescope. The 305 meter dish is famous for the 1974 message for extra-terrestrial ...
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Scenarios for asteroids 2000 QW7 and 2010 CO1 hitting the Earth?

These two NEOs have been appearing prominently in the popular news media recently: Two Gigantic Asteroids To Zip Past Earth on September 14 Two Gigantic Asteroids to Fly Past Earth on 14 September ...
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What is “Planetary Defense”, and what are the threats one can potentially defend against?

The planetary-defense tag has the current (my) awkwardly-written description. related to the defense of a planet from a major destructive event such as an impact, or searches for or studies of ...
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How big an asteroid could we take out with an ICBM?

Obviously it's not going to be all that big as the intercept would occur only a few minutes before impact and the rubble is still going to hit. However, if the pieces are small enough they go boom in ...
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Does NASA have an end-of-the-world policy?

If an asteroid were detected, shooting towards earth with enough speed and certainty that it would all but guarantee a sequel of the end of the dinosaurs. Observatories and space agencies would almost ...
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Asteroid Defense

Has SpaceX thought about landing on an asteroid, and deploying technology that can either redirect or disassemble an incoming asteroid to avoid or lesson the asteroids impact on earth? I read NASA's ...
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Can objects be deorbited by a satellite using a magnetic field?

Can a magnetic field be made around a satellite for a split second to gain or loose momentum from another satellite or debris with a few passes with a near-miss trajectories on larger debris? Could a ...
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How much asteroid can we divert from the Earth?

There are many movies with the Earth being saved by sending a bomb out blow up the asteroid. What realistically could we do to that degree today? Do we have interplanetary missiles? if so how much of ...
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Why is comet deflection so hard (and how does a fusion rocket help)?

I just read an article arguing that we need very fast rockets for the deflection of comets, since we will probably detect them just several months before impact. So we need to hurry in order to pick ...
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Could a cloud of dense gas, such as xenon, deflect a hazardous asteroid?

Impactors or explosive missiles have the advantage of not having to match velocity with an Earth-bound asteroid, so they are cheaper and quicker to launch (or so I understand), and detection need not ...
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Extinction asteroid (10-100 km) impact avoidance

With the present "state-of-the-art" of space technology what is possible to do to avoid an Earth impact by rocky bodies 10 km to 100 km in diameter? Is there any international project to develop a ...
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Would a kinetic impact “cloud” avoid fragmenting an asteroid to be deflected?

A problem with using a traditional kinetic impactor in one piece, like the one used by Deep Impact, to deflect a hazardous NEA, is that its effects depend on the subsurface composition of the asteroid....
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Could an ARM Option B type of mission be used to deflect a hazardous asteroid?

NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission ARM Option B would have a robotic probe pick up a boulder from the surface of a much larger asteroid, and put that boulder in lunar orbit. Boulders considered could ...