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Default Re: Can we destroy an asteroid with a high powered laser?

It's not just density of asteroids but also structure that you have to account for. Instead of cotton candy picture a asteroid made of mostly iron, but not just one solid piece of iron. Instead picture billions of small pieces of iron flying threw space, being held together by their own gravity. I think it may be very difficult to land and stabilize a booster on this type of asteroid. If you did succeed you could still only apply a small amount of force because to much may cause the asteroid to break up compounding your problems.


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