UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — If an asteroid should ever find itself on a collision course with Earth — not to worry, scientists have a plan.
And it involves nukes.
NASA, the National Nuclear Security Administration and two U.S. Energy Department weapons labs recently teamed up to design a spacecraft called “HAMMER.”
It stands for “Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response.”
According to a new report published in the journal Acta Astronautica, HAMMER could be launched into a small asteroid or carry a nuclear device to deflect a bigger rock.
There isn’t a plan to build HAMMER since no asteroids are threatening Earth at the moment.
But scientists are keeping tabs on one called Bennu.
Bennu is a village-sized hunk of rock currently circling the sun 54 million miles from Earth.
Scientists say there’s a one in 2,700 chance it will hit us in 2135.
If it comes to that, we might need to drop the HAMMER.