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Nuclear Weapons in Space

Updated on October 30, 2011

Nukes in Space?

Should nuclear weapons be allowed in space?

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Asteroid Hazard

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.


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    • sparkster profile image

      Sparkster Publishing 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Here's a relevant quote from my Mother Earth Prison Planet hub for a bit of insight:

      Von Braun had claimed back in 1974 that the hidden agenda of the covert government would be to promote space weapons as

      1st - A shield against the Russians

      2nd - A defense against rogue nations

      3rd - A defense against asteroid and meteors

      4th and finally - Protection from an extraterrestrial threat

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      Sparkster Publishing 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      We have been here for millions, if not billions, of years and we haven't been wiped out by an asteroid yet!

      Sure there is an asteroid due to collide with Earth in 2029 but I do not think that nuclear weapons are the answer.

      Plus then there's the fact that the extraterrestrials are trying to stop us weaponizing space because they know we will become a threat. These weapons could also be used to target incoming extraterrestrial vehicles whilst we are told that they are asteroids.

      Donna Hare testified at the Disclosure Project that the extraterrestrials would be used as the final threat against humanity in order to implement the weaponization of space - it's just not necessary.

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      rafken 7 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      seebasic. I think you are probably right. It sounds like someone is trying to keep a budget for his science program.

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      seebasic 7 years ago from Germany

      For me this is unintelligible. That sounds like a constructed fear, according to a sales pitch.

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      CheyenneAutumn 7 years ago

      Travel - the only trouble with nukes to hit asteroids is that if we do hit and it is a large one - there may be hundreds of pieces coming in rather then one - or we may miss and then ....

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Although, I voted for nuclear bomb to be used on asteroids posing danger on Earth; I think, the best alternative is to use laser to destroy incoming danger from space, such as asteroid.