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Laser ablation for the effective deflection, exploration and exploitation of asteroids

Gibbings, Alison and Vasile, Massimiliano and Watson, Ian A. and Hopkins, John-Mark and Burns, David (2012) Laser ablation for the effective deflection, exploration and exploitation of asteroids. In: Astrobiology Science Conference 2012, 2012-04-16 - 2012-04-20.

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Abstract

Any asteroid-to-Earth impacting event could result in the wide spread, a mass extinction of life. To address this risk, laster ablation is being investigated as a justifiable and achievable technique for the successful mitigation and deflection of asteroids.