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Should nuclear weapons be allowed in space?
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On the 13th December, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Bob Weaver of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, said that the latest models they are using, still show that a nuclear explosion would blow, an asteroid measuring 500meters long, into pieces small enough not to threaten the Earth.
He said that these explosions would be effective on the surface of the asteroid, unlike in the movies where they have to bore deep into the rock to place the bombs.
He said that, although other methods of avoiding an asteroid hitting Earth were being considered, like using an explosion, to nudge an asteroid away from Earth. He considered that blowing it to pieces should be considered in those cases where we get a year or less notice of an approaching hazard.
Today, we probably have the technology, to establish a nuclear defense against asteroids. However, when dealing with space and nuclear weapons, international problems arise.
I believe that the United Nations should set up an organization to deal solely with the possibility of an asteroid colliding with Earth. They should have experts in this field from around the world and the funds available to build a viable defense.
If these experts considered a nuclear option a necessity, then there should be agreements set up for the implementation, security and control of this option.
However appalling the thought we may have of nuclear weapons being in space, we should put them aside if, without them our species could be made extinct in the same way it is considered Dinosaurs were.