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Catherine S. Plesko

Applied Physics Research Scientist

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Earth woefully unprepared for surprise comet or asteroid, Nasa scientist warns - Sacred Geometry International

Dr Cathy Plesko, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said 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". The calculations of a cannonball deflector would take far longer to refine, however, than the last-resort pyrotechnics of a nuclear bomb. To "blow it to smithereens", Plesko said, would have dangerous side-effects, including shrapnel from the blast. "We are very carefully doing our homework before finals week," Plesko said.


Earth is totally unprepared for a surprise asteroid strike, NASA scientists warn - ScienceAlert

Cathy Plesko, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who is not in Guth's team, told The Guardian that there are two ways these deflection operations could go: either we equip a spacecraft with a nuclear warhead, or we build a "kinetic impactor" - 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," she said.


Cathy Plesko - How the Universe Works Cast | Science

Cathy Plesko
Science Cathy Plesko is a Research Scientist in Applied Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She uses the supercomputers there to study what happens when asteroids and comets hit a planet and how to prevent them from hitting Earth. She was a teenager when she became interested in asteroids and comets. Cathy was awarded her Ph. D. in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences in 2009. That was at UC Santa Cruz where she studied the effects that large asteroid and comet impacts had on the climate of Mars early in the history of the solar system. She has also studied asteroid impact mitigation, and uses those supercomputers to model how a nuclear explosion might deflect an asteroid just enough to miss our home planet.


2009 Technical Papers - AMOS Conference

Catherine S. Plesko (Los Alamos National Laboratory); R. Ryan Clement (Los Alamos National Laboratory); Robert P. Weaver (Los Alamos National Laboratory); Paul A. Bradley (Los Alamos National Laboratory); Walter F. Huebner (Southwest Research Institute)
R. Ryan C. Clement (Los Alamos National Laboratory); Catherine S. Plesko (Los Alamos National Laboratory); Paul A. Bradley (Los Alamos National Laboratory); LeAnn M. Conlon (Los Alamos National Laboratory); Roger L. Martz (Los Alamos National Laboratory);


2010 Technical Papers - AMOS Conference

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


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