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Here’s why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea

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Here’s why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea

A beefed-up missile defense system might seem like a good idea in a time of heightened nuclear tensions. But such enhancements could have dangerous consequences. The current U.S. missile defense system isn’t all it was cracked up to be, performing unreliably in tests, physicist and missile defense expert Laura Grego argued April 14 at a meeting of the American Physical Society. Enhancing the system’s power, however, by building missile defense in space, for example, might put the world on a slippery slope to space warfare, she warned. The worries come against the backdrop of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile...

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NASA Now Has a Department of Doomsday Defense

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NASA Now Has a Department of Doomsday Defense

If the possibility of a massive meteor smashing into the Earth has you tossing and turning and sleepless all night, here’s some news that might help. NASA recently announced the opening of the very serious-sounding Planetary Defense Coordination Office. Can you can start resting easier and maybe cut back to just tossing … or is this a too-little-too-late cover-your-asteroid move by a worried NASA? all NASA-funded projects to find and characterize asteroids and comets that pass near Earth’s orbit around the sun. That’s from NASA’s announcement about the new office, which receives its funding from a $50 million budget approved...

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