NASA scientists have now managed to get images of 2007 TU24, the asteroid that came pretty close to hitting Earth on January 29 (see my previous post for more explanation and a star map). It’s not an amazing photo, but it’s still quite fascinating anyway if you think about it..
So what would we do if an asteroid actually was on a collision course with Earth? Would we send some bombs up to blast it into tiny pieces, like they do in Hollywood? Well probably not in reality. The less romantic, but more likely, solution would be to give the asteroid lots of gentle nudges over a long period of time, to divert its path so that it avoided our planet.
However, if it was not discovered until the last moment, bombs would probably remain the only possibility.