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How To Stop An Asteroid

How To Stop An Asteroid

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Mosaic image of asteroid Bennu.

This episode was originally published in 2015.

As we were looking back over the year we realized one thing hadn't happened. We haven't been hit by an asteroid. Yet. But we do have a show on the topic in the archives, and, given the year, we thought it might be a good idea to roll it back out. You know, just in case. There are still a couple of days left.

Today's show: The economics of protecting the planet from asteroids.

Music: "A Special Day In August" and "Moshing."

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