Sources: The Center for Public Integrity , , DOE, Rosatom
quote: Do you know how cold space is? It's so cold that the gunpowder in the cartridge no longer reliably ignites and burns fast enough to produce an explosion.
quote: Remaining still after firing...
quote: I still maintain the entire premise of bringing a minigun into space for that mission was SO ridiculous!.
quote: The minigun being used in space, an oxygen free environment, was especially entertaining
quote: What could have been a fun and light discussion has just been ruined by your heavy handed know-it-all BS. Thanks!
quote: yeah, nice idea. except that if we learn to capture asteroids, incoming asteroid would not be a problem anymore. you know, we could just *capture* it.
quote: Others like Princeton University Professor Christopher Chyba -- a nuclear weapons expert and a member of President Obama’s 18-person Council of Advisors on Science and Technology -- sit somewhere in the middle. He argues that the U.S. and its allies need to increase spending for asteroid surveys to predict potential threats, which could be averted with mechanical solutions such as Professor Melosh's. On the other hand, since surveys could miss a dangerous asteroid, he supports a nuclear solution too.
quote: I agree. Don't blow the asteroid up. Intercept it and change its orbit to put it into near Earth orbit.
quote: really disrupt this asteroid and prevent the hazard to the entire Earth