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MIT scientists create doomsday computer program to decide what to do if an asteroid is...

• https://www.dailymail.co, By MICHAEL THOMSEN

A team of scientists at MIT have developed a computer program that will help humans decide how to best deal with the end of the world, so long as that comes in form of a catastrophic asteroid collision. 

Experts say there as many as two or three new asteroids, sometimes called 'Near Earth Objects,' discovered every night.

It's inevitable that one of these asteroids will eventually end drifting into a collision course with Earth.

'People have mostly considered strategies of last-minute deflection, when the asteroid has already passed through a keyhole and is heading toward a collision with Earth," Sung Wook Paek, of MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, told MIT News.

'I'm interested in preventing keyhole passage well before Earth impact. It's like a preemptive strike, with less mess.'


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