Skyfall Q&A: Meteorites strike Earth every few months
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Alan Harris, a senior scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, says some meteorites are also believed to carry organic material and may have influenced the development of life on Earth.
Q: What would happen if a sizable meteorite hit a city?
A: A blast at low altitude or on the surface would result in many casualties and cause serious damage to buildings. The exact extent would depend on many factors, including the mass of the meteorite, its speed and composition, said Harris.
Scientists have been discussing for several years how to prepare for such an event – however remote. European Space Agency spokesman Bernhard von Weyhe says experts from Europe, the U.S. and Russia are working on way to spot potential threats sooner and avert them. But don't expect a Hollywood-style mission to fly a nuclear bomb into space and blow up the asteroid, like the movie "Armageddon.''
"It's a global challenge and we need to find a solution together,'' he said. "But one thing's for sure, the Bruce Willis `Armageddon' method won't work.''
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