Kinetic bombardment

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Project Thor: applied the concept of kinetic bombardment to a global first-strike capable system. The weapon relied on 1'x20' tungsten carbide cylinders that could be forcibly de-orbited with pinpoint precision. Traveling at over 10 times the speed of sound, the kinetic energy released on impact would be equivalent to a small nuke and be capable of destroying bunkers far underground.

Kinetic bombardment. If you’ve seen Die Another Day, then you probably know what kinetic bombardment is all about. For those of you who haven’t seen the film just imagine the development of an international space weapon-satellite that can destroy anything on earth within a couple of seconds. Kind of scary, no?

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The U.S. military's kinetic bombardment system, project Thor

Say if there's an asteroid barreling toward the US West Coast and there's no way of stopping it, what would we do? Well, NASA and FEMA have a plan.

Brownian Motion Gif credit: Brownian motion is the random motion of particles due to the bombardment of collisions between the particle and the molecules of the fluid it is suspended in. The reason why the particle takes a random path (as illustrated by the above gif) is because there is a chance greater number of collisions between the particle and the molecules in one particular direction. (Around 10^21 collisions occur per second!) This causes the…

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