A couple of years ago a big budget Hollywood movie featured a large rocky object headed for our planet
Nuclear physicists assured us that they could build a bomb big enough to destroy almost anything
I never saw the film, but the trailer was sensational. Large rocky object hurtling through space. Scared people on Earth. Brave astronauts determined to blow the large rocky object to smithereens and save the world. High drama.
Fortunately for the filmmakers, the effort to blow the large rocky object to smithereens was less than totally successful, leaving smaller rocky chunks to cause massive damage, luridly depicted in living color. Nothing like a good scare to keep theater seats full.
One spin-off from that film was a widespread sense of concern for our planet. What if such a threat really materialized? Could we do anything to save our butts? After all, a similar event seems to have delivered the swan song of the dinosaurs. The Earth is ubiquitously pocked where other objects have socked it.Read More »A couple of years ago a big budget Hollywood movie featured a large rocky object headed for our planet