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Planetary Defense Is Good–but Is Planetary Offense Better?

OpinionA new approach could mitigate the most damaging effects of an imminent asteroid or comet strike—or ensure many threatening objects never get close to striking Earth in the first place Credit: Erik Simonsen Getty ImagesOpinionA new approach could mitigate the most damaging effects of an imminent asteroid or comet strike—or ensure many threatening objects never…

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A new approach could mitigate the most damaging effects of an imminent asteroid or comet strike—or ensure many threatening objects never get close to striking Earth in the first place

Credit: Erik Simonsen Getty Images

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A new approach could mitigate the most damaging effects of an imminent asteroid or comet strike—or ensure many threatening objects never get close to striking Earth in the first place

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Philip Lubin is a professor of Physics at UC Santa Barbara whose primary research has been focused on studies of the early universe as well as applications of directed energy for planetary defense and relativistic propulsion.

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Alexander Cohen is a research scientist in the Department of Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Having graduated with a B.S. in physics in 2019, Cohen now researches applications of directed energy, primarily for spacecraft propulsion and planetary defense from asteroids.

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