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Here’s How Many Years in Advance We’d Need to Stop a Killer Asteroid Coming For Earth – ScienceAlert

In a recent NASA simulation, scientists had six months to stop a hypothetical asteroid from hitting Earth, and they failed. That wasn’t enough time.

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Last month, experts from NASA and other space agencies around the world faced a troubling hypothetical scenario: A mysterious asteroid had just been discovered 35 million miles away, and it was heading for Earth. The space rock was expected to hit in six months.
The situation was fictional, part of a week-long exercise that simulated an incoming asteroid in order to help US and international experts practice how to respond to such a situation.
The simulation taught the group a difficult lesson:…

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