earth science

According to scientists, what is our best option if an asteroid 10 km in diameter was detected and closing in on an impact with Earth?
Blow it up in space before it enters our atmosphere
Divert it so that it doesn't collide with Earth
Blow it up in our atmosphere to break it up
Send the space shuttle up to tow it into deep space
The asteroid would only impact a limited region on Earth, so simply evacuate areas that might be impacted

  1. 👍 0
  2. 👎 0
  3. 👁 148
  1. If we were capable, B. Blowing it up (either way) would very likely lead to multiple smaller asteroids colliding with earth. Impacting would send a cloud of debris that could effect the life on the whole earth. The space shuttle might be able to divert it, but it is unlikely to be able to tow it into deep space (which is probably unnecessary).

    1. 👍 0
    2. 👎 0

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. History

    Which option suggests the wide-ranging influence of the refugee Nazi scientists on US technology? A-these scientist proved themselves trustworthy by designing the atomic bomb, leading to the Saturn V rocket. B-These scientists

    asked by Belle on May 15, 2018
  2. history

    Which option accurately describes the significance of the scientific theories of Isaac Newton? A. Newton’s theories helped scientists understand the significance of germs and sterilization. B. Newton’s theories helped

    asked by michael on December 13, 2018
  3. Physics

    An asteroid is moving along a straight line. A force acts along the displacement of the asteroid and slows it down. The asteroid has a mass of 4.5× 104 kg, and the force causes its speed to change from 7000 to 5000m/s. (a) What

    asked by Elle on April 4, 2014
  4. Science

    Why do scientists use models? a: Scientists use models to learn about things that are too small, too large, or too complex to observe directly. < b:Scientists use models because doing so is always part of the scientific method.

    asked by not+really on September 28, 2017
  5. physics

    Influenced by the gravitational pull of a distant star, the velocity of an asteroid changes from from +19.0 km/s to −19.4 km/s over a period of 1.85 years. (a) What is the total change in the asteroid's velocity? (Indicate the

    asked by Brett on September 15, 2015
  1. Physics

    Space explorers discover an 8.7×10^17kg asteroid that happens to have a positive charge of 4400 C. They would like to place their 3.3×10^5kg spaceship in orbit around the asteroid. Interestingly, the solar wind has given their

    asked by Brittany on August 25, 2016
  2. science

    Why do scientists use models? a. Scientists use models to learn about things that are too small, too large, or too complex to observe directly. b. Scientists use models because doing so is always part of the scientific method. c.

    asked by Anonymous on September 19, 2013
  3. Algebra 2

    Ahmad will rent a car for a day. The rental company offers two pricing options: Option A and Option B. For each pricing option, cost (in dollars) depends on miles driven, as shown below. Costindollars Milesdriven OptionA OptionB

    asked by Anonymous on October 9, 2014
  4. math

    A lottery offers two options for the prize. Option A: $1000 a week for life. Option B: $600 000 in one lump sum The current expected rate of return for large investment is 3%/a, compounded monthly. a.Which option would the winner

    asked by A on August 29, 2019
  5. physics

    In the early morning hours of June 14, 2002, the Earth had a remarkably close encounter with an asteroid the size of a small city. The previously unknown asteroid, now designated 2002 MN, remained undetected until three days after

    asked by janie on May 31, 2010
  6. Science , Biology

    Cretaceous extinction... The evidence tells you that “overwhelming evidence suggests that the extinction was caused by a 10-km-diameter asteroid that struck Earth.” Suggest at least three lines of evidence that might have led

    asked by Woo on November 27, 2016

You can view more similar questions or ask a new question.