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Dr. Catherine S. Plesko

Applied Physics Research Scientist

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Ph. D.

Geophysics and Planetary Sciences


University of California Santa Cruz

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Dr. Cathy Plesko, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said at the meeting there were two ways humans might deflect an asteroid - a nuclear warhead or a kinetic impactor, which is basically a giant cannonball. "Cannonball technology is actually very good technology, intercepting an object at high speed actually ends up being more effective than high explosives".

Part of the scientists' concern is a lack of knowledge about the asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites. "We don't have a lot of data about what the insides of asteroids or comets look like," Plesko said, "but based on what we know about physics and rock and ice we can guess."

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Cathy Plesko

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Don Korycansky of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Catherine Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico simulated blowing up asteroids 1 kilometre across.

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Catherine S. Plesko (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Robert P. Weaver (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Walter F. Huebner (Southwest Research Institute)

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