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Apollo Astronaut asks:
“Will We Choose to Save Earth?”

Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweikart says we have the technology to find threatening asteroids, and we have the technology to stop them from hitting us, but he wonders whether humanity will be able to work together to save Earth or will allow it to be destroyed.

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Illustration of a hypothetical political dilemma. If we discover that an asteroid will hit Earth at the yellow “X”, technology allows us to deflect the asteroid and move the impact point either way along the red line. 

If all goes well, we will move the X completely off Earth’s surface. But if we are only marginally successful, we will only have changed the disaster location. 

Should we try to move X to the right, or to the left? Who gets to decide?

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweikart

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Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweikart,
founder of B612 Foundation

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