posted on Jul, 12 2004 @ 01:18 PM
The most important thing is getting the eyes and ears of the planet looking for possible collisions objects. With early warning I believe with only a
slight nudge one could be re-directed. At some point I would hope we have people stationed in space to respond quickly should we become aware of a
collision path object. Additionally asteroids are good realestate, why destroy one when you could just re-direct it?
Blowing it up is a messy (unpredictable) and desperate act that might only marginally improve the situation, and should only be used as a last resort.
Even at that you have to get something out into space to blow it up.
Using an energy beam you could s-l-o-w-l-y (so it doesn't crack and explode) heat up one side of an object it gradually getting hot enough to
vaporize that area of the rock. Using that release of energy to nudge the object around. That would eliminate the need to even send a rocket or