"Take that, ya lousy asteroid! Yeah, how about that, huh?
There's more where that came from!
I hadn't even heard of this. The Japanese have this probe that's a month or two from making a landing on an asteroid... Apparently in an attempt to outdo NASA crashing that Deep Impact probe headfirst into a comet, this one actually has a gun they're going to shoot the asteroid with.. The point of the gun is to cause particles to fly up into a collection chamber. Then it's going to bring the samples back to Earth.
If bad movies have taught me anything (and they have), that's just the sort of thing that starts a zombie plague loose on Earth!
I'm a little skeptical this will all work out as planned, but I'm rooting for it.
*BLAM* 'That's for wiping out the dinosaurs!'
*BLAM* 'And that's for 50,000 BC Arizona!'
*BLAM* 'And that's for 1908 Tunuska! We will never forget...'
Oh, while I'm at it I might as well plug my Flash game where you try to save the Earth from an asteroid: Tomageddon..."
(From Planet Tom)