Of course, we could send a foggy team of miners to drill into an asteroid, plan a nuclear weapon and blow it up to the tumor.
But if NASA is on its way, we will not need to prepare miners as cosmonauts – it has other plans to divert those deadly asteroids. (Lucky too, because it makes much more sense to train already trained astronauts to use training, not to set miners through the school of astronauts but this is a completely different matter).
NASA is preparing for (the potential) outcome of the world with a double asteroid redirection test – a mission that will test whether we can break the spacecraft into an asteroid and knock it out of course, thus saving humanity and preventing us from ever sending Bruce Willis into space.
In the episode of this week Watch This Space we will consider the DART mission to 65803 Didymos – a binary asteroid (along with its moonlet companion), which now revolves around the sun past the Earth.
According to NASA, the moon (or "Didymoon", as it was nicknamed) is a wonderful example of an asteroid of size and type that can crash into the Earth. Thus, the space agency wants to send its DART spacecraft there already in December 2020, to explode towards the 150-meter-old moon and crash into its surface.
Imagine playing pool game. If you need to knock out 8-balls in the corner pocket, you knock out a balloon in its direction and it will shoot at an angle. Sending its cue ball to the moon, NASA will measure how the effect changes the momentum of lunar energy and hopefully get a better idea of how asteroids can be redirected in the future.
To learn more about the DART of the European Space Agency and that all this relates to Ilya Wood and the movie "The Labyrinth" (we are promising), then check out this week's Watch This Space episode. You can fix your space every other day with new episodes, or catch the whole series on CNET or on YouTube.