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Scientists Say Nuclear Bomb Plan from "Armageddon" May Actually Work

Posted: March 13th, 2012 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Scientists Say Nuclear Bomb Plan from "Armageddon" May Actually WorkSubmit Comment
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (a division of US Department of Energy) recently used a supercomputer to see whether an asteroid heading for Earth could be destroyed by a nuclear weapon, just like in Michael Bay's "Armageddon." The results were very encouraging.

"Ultimately this 1-megaton blast will disrupt all of the rocks in the rockpile of this asteroid," said scientist Bob Weaver. "And if this were an Earth-crossing asteroid, would fully mitigate the hazard represented by the initial asteroid itself."

And the entire process would be a lot simpler than in "Armageddon," since the nuke doesn't need to be deposited deep into the asteroid. The blast just has to occur on the surface.

Weaver stressed that nuclear bombs would likely be deployed only as a last resort since the blast might have negative side effects, such as sending a hail of small space rocks toward Earth instead of a single big one. Before that option is ever considered, other asteroid defense strategies would first be used, like changing the rock's gravity to pull it into a different direction.

But if you take one thing from this research... it should be that Bay was right. Now let's just hope he wasn't right about "Transformers."

Source: MSNBC


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blumpkin writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 6:45:43 PM

I thought armageddon was based on a true story...
minkowski writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 6:49:43 PM

Bay wasn't right. The asteroid in Armageddon wasn't a pile of rocks, it was a nearly solid mass. Solid rocks don't have a huge iron plate, per Buscemi's dialogue.

Even NASA derided Armageddon's scientific illiteracy, and though it's true an explosion inside an asteroid is better than one on the outside, you'd still just get a bunch of smaller rocks on the same trajectory.

Another claim from the film is that the asteroid is the size of Texas. Is that surface area? Volume? Diameter? Because they only drill down 800ft!

Regardless, the damned asteroid was so close to earth, they would have had to vaporize it the damned thing to avoid all the pieces hitting the planet.

Armageddon is about as scientifically accurate as the Avengers, which is to say ZERO.
blumpkin writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 6:52:51 PM

what about that song? there was a great song from that movie!!!
dangerlips writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 6:58:20 PM

Dr. Minkowski bringing you the latest in space science!
minkowski writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:01:06 PM

"Now let's just hope he wasn't right about "Transformers.""

He wasn't. Guys like Shia never get girls like Megan and that trout-pout chick with the eating disorder, no matter how many shiny robots they have trashing the front yard.
dangerlips writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:03:46 PM

Guys like mink get all the girls
dangerlips writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:08:38 PM

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the glory
minkowski writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:12:14 PM

Old news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2099818/Atomic-bombs-used-protect-Earth-incoming-asteroids-new-research-shows.html

And the radiation would go where again?
bandolero999 writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:17:15 PM

The only cool thing about Shia was him getting his ass beat by the Canadians at the bar.
Džeko writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:22:37 PM

And if aliens attack our planet all we have to do is upload a computer virus into their mothership's computer...and a jew to figure it out.
bandolero999 writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 7:25:39 PM

A smart Jew not a douchebag jew like Brett Rattner.
c-prime writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 8:09:48 PM

"But if you take one thing from this research... it should be that Bay was right."

No...

...just no.
c-prime writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 8:22:24 PM

The Danes actually got it right. Here's what would really happen in the event an asteroid was headed towards colliding with Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcZWZhUozr4

Coincidentally, I anticipate the scientific community's reliance on received wisdom over empirical evidence leads to the same outcome.
Ranger writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 8:28:00 PM

When I think of a nuke splitting open a killer asteroid, it reminds me of the repeateded thigh-splitting bombing PlasticIdiot's daughter cootage received from my trouser missile.
BadChadB33 writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 9:31:17 PM

sh*t in real those f*cktards would f*ck it up and we'd all be dead anyways.
markoz writes:
on March 13th, 2012 at 11:33:00 PM

I still believe that Superman/Batman:Public Enemies idea could work
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on March 14th, 2012 at 12:37:30 AM

So this is what my tax dollars are paying for.
johnny_boy writes:
on March 14th, 2012 at 3:59:22 AM

Well done, Scientists. Now how about actually making X-ray glasses work to see through women's clothes. That's more helpful
Bullit writes:
on March 14th, 2012 at 1:17:58 PM

So, this is how scientists at Los Alamos use their thorough knowledge gained from a prestigious university?

Instead, somebody should train extensively on Space Invaders so, we'll have more chances to hit the bloody Asteroid instead of relying ont this useless theory.

Wankers!
Bullit writes:
on March 14th, 2012 at 4:43:28 PM

"what about that song? there was a great song from that movie!!!"

You bet, that was the only best thing I've ever enjoyed from that film with my girlfiend! Lovely song indeed.
Ranger writes:
on March 14th, 2012 at 11:28:46 PM

'...ever enjoyed from that film with my girlfiend!' --- video please.
Man in Black writes:
on March 15th, 2012 at 1:05:17 AM

Did anyone else just hear Bays head swell up ? Hey Alex , how is this topical to current movie news ? Slow news day ?
Ranger writes:
on March 16th, 2012 at 1:44:00 PM

Which head?

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