International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Electrostatic Deflection of Asteroids
Ernesto Gonzaga

Earth has been visited by planetary rocks coming from space and brought more havoc on the planet. Though infrequent they are world-wide catastrophe and has caused environmental devastation, loss of lives, and destruction of properties. Testimonial to these are events like Tunguska forest fire in Siberia, meteor crater formation in Arizona, and the famous Chicxulub crater event in Yucatan peninsula. The last one caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and disappearance of hundreds of plant and animal species. These events resulted from collision of planetary rocks, usually asteroids, with the planet Earth. Man’s fear of getting obliterated by an event similar to the fate of the dinosaurs has inflicted paranoid feeling and concern on the possible collision of an asteroid with our planet. Several technological solutions have been proposed but in this paper a method that is clean, simple, safer, robust, and faster mitigation of Earth-asteroid collision problem is presented.

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