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NASA’s Silicon Valley Summer Camp Is Just Trying To Save Us From Space

In a nondescript meeting room in a fluorescent-lit office park in Silicon Valley, a group of computer and planetary scientists were given the problem of deciding what to do with an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The group–split into teams representing different world leaders, scientists, and citizens with different ideas of how to deal with impending doom–proposed solutions to the theoretical threat. Role-playing wasn’t necessary, but a Brazilian astronomer did his best Russian leader impression and tried to cajole the others. A computer scientist designated as a planetary scientist gave his “expert” opinion on the threat of breaking up the asteroid into multiple asteroids. Some wanted to use a rocket to nudge the asteroid, others wanted to nuke it and others wanted to collect more information.

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NASA’s Silicon Valley Summer Camp Is Just Trying To Save Us From Space

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