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Scientists propose DE-STAR to protect Earth from asteroids

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DE-STAR

BARELY a month after the White House rejected a petition to build a Death Star, a group of Californian scientists have pushed the idea forward again.

Instead of blasting rebellious planets, their proposed DE-STAR project is intended to be a “realistic” project to vaporise asteroids that pose a threat to Earth.

They’ve chosen the timing of their pitch well after last week’s meteor explosion over Russia and a close shave with a potential killer asteroid.

University of California physicist Philip M. Lubin and California Polytechnic State University researcher Gary B. Hughes unveiled a series of proposals for their Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and exploRation (DE-STAR for short).

While not quite at the scale or strength of its Star Wars namesake, some of the proposals get close. And they’re designed to be more realistic than the Kickstarter campaign to build a Death Star replica.

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