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What Are Laser Bees

So just what are Laser Bees?

This technique involves many small spacecraft -- each carrying a laser -- swarming around a near-Earth asteroid. The spacecraft could precisely focus their powerful lasers pumped by sunlight onto a tiny spot on the asteroid, vaporizing the rock and metal, and creating a jet plume of super-heated gases and debris. The asteroid would become the fuel for its own rocket -- and slowly, the asteroid would move into a new trajectory.

Only through these types of studies, as well as additional theoretical research, can we devise a rapid, effective, and safe plan to protect Earth from dangerous asteroids.

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