"A vast amount of rocks and other material are hurtling around our Solar System
as asteroids and comets. If one of these came towards us, could we successfully
prevent the collision between an asteroid and Earth?
Well, maybe. But there appears to be one type of asteroid that might be
particularly hard to destroy.
Asteroids are chunks of rocky debris in space, remnants of a more violent past
in our Solar System. Studying them can reveal their physical properties, clues
about the ancient history of the Solar System, and threats these space rocks
may pose by impacting with Earth.
In our new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, we discovered that rubble pile asteroids are an extremely resistant
type of asteroid and hard to destroy by collision."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics