The news is coming up that the asteroids are coming to the earth, at first scientists were so scared, and then they stated that there is nothing to worry about the asteroid case. But the new study has revealed that destroying an asteroid can be much difficult. We often see superheroes are saving the earth from coming asteroid by going to space and handling the incoming asteroid by their hands but real life is not so heroic and it is not possible for the astronauts to do so.
Various space agencies have tried different things to tackle the incoming asteroids which were said to destroy Earth. Scientists at John Hopkins University have done a new study using the concept of computer modeling to understand how the rocks are fractured.
“We used to believe that the larger the object, the more easily it would break because bigger objects are more likely to have flaws. Our findings, however, show that asteroids are stronger than we used to think and require more energy to be completely shattered,” explained by the El Mir. Charles El Mir is the recent Ph.D. graduate from the same university. He is leading this project. This study is also going to be published in the next issue of Icarus.
The scientists want to understand how the rocks will be responding to the attempt to break them, so they are performing the test on the small scale. These asteroids can do significant damage to the earth and also can cause mass extinction.
“It may sound like science fiction, but a great deal of research considers asteroid collisions. For example, if there’s an asteroid coming at earth, are we better off breaking it into small pieces, or nudging it to go a different direction? And if the latter, how much force should we hit it with to move it away without causing it to break? These are actual questions under consideration.”