Shield plan to save Earth from asteroids

European scientists handed $5 million to develop ways to protect planet from catastrophic collision.

    In a project drawn straight from the script of a science fiction film, European scientists are working on a shield to protect the Earth from asteroids.

    While the planet faces no imminent risk of a catastrophic collision with an extra-terrestrial body, the European Commission has invested $5 million in what it calls "threat mitigation".

    Scientists are tasked with looking for ways to deal with so-called "Near Earth Objects" that threaten the planet.

    Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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