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Name: Melissa W.
Status: educator
Grade: 6-8
Location: WA
Country: N/A
Date: 2/1/2005

My students would like to know: If the biggest asteroid hit the Earth, would only part of the Earth explode or would the entire Earth be disintegrated?

Hi Melissa!

That would be a tragedy,eh?

That kind of accident always is bound to happen, nobody knows if or when. The result would of course depend upon the size of that asteroid.

But do not worry too much. Nowadays there are ways to see much before if such body is at collision route to the Earth. In that case there are measures men can take to save Earth, either to send a rocket with a projectile able to change the asteroid direction or even a try to explode it far away from Earth.

Thanks for asking NEWTON!

(Dr.Mabel Rodrigues)

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