Accession Number:

AD0628218

Title:

SUPPOSE WE COLLIDE WITH A PLANETOID

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RADIOLOGICAL DEFENSE LAB SAN FRANCISCO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1965-12-09

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Suggestions and comments on averting a collision between a planetoid and earth. A calculation has been made of the kinetic energy that a small planetoid, such as Icarus, would have if it were attracted by the gravitational field of the earth in such a way that it fell onto the earths surface. This energy is several orders of magnitude larger than the energy released by the largest nuclear device exploded to date and is even more than 100 times the average annual energy released by earthquakes. Suggestions and comments are presented regarding possible procedures that might be followed should a collision course appear imminent between such a planetoid and the earth.

Subject Categories:

  • Celestial Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE