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How Paintballs Could Force an Asteroid Off Course

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Asteroids that are on a collision course with earth may not need a nuclear explosion to be forced on an different path.

A novel idea suggests that solar radiation pressure could be far more effective.

The idea is to increase an asteroid's reflection ability of sunlight and take advantage the force of bouncing photons to push an object off its course. To do so, Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT

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However, this should not be considered an emergency procedure

To say the least, if it would work at all.

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is he from the backwoods of ohio?

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wow 20 years to steer it clear of the path. I am sure there are better ways to go about that.

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And if it fails, it's gonna "paintball" us. That sounds good!

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Given enough warning, a swift kick would work too.

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I like the nuke option best of all.

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