LINKMOSCOW Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent its collision with Earth a collision NASA considers highly unlikely the head of the country's space agency said Wednesday.
Anatoly Perminov said the space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis, telling Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized.
When the 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers estimated the chances of it smashing into Earth in its first flyby in 2029 were as high as 1-in-37, but have since lowered their estimate.
Further studies ruled out the possibility of an impact in 2029, when the asteroid is expected to come no closer than 18,300 miles (29,450 kilometers) above Earth's surface, but they indicated a small possibility of a hit on subsequent encounters.
Right, here's what we do. Send a nuclear missile up to Apophis, 150 miles before impact, detonate the warhead. The blast will knock Apophis off it's collision course with Earth. Humans get to live to see the next life-threatening disaster.