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Useful Suicide Bombers: Robots that save the Earth

By hthth     Jan 24, 2007 in Technology
A fleet of exploding probes could prepare the way for warding off hazardous asteroids. Several of the small spherical robots would land on a single asteroid, some exploding while others listen for vibrations that could reveal the object's inner structure.
Like I (sometimes fanatically) advertise: Robots have such a potential for aiding humanity. According to the article, NASA has a list of around 800 asteroids considered a potential threat to the Earth. The idea is to build robots that can (amongst other things) blow themselves up on the surfaces of these asteroids. Robot probes that are still active could then listen for seismic waves caused by the explosion and provide us (humans) with a better idea of the asteroids strength and structure.
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