Mars’ Death Star Keeps Earth Safe From Asteroids

Posted: Oct 13 2016, 11:54am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Mars’ Death Star Keeps Earth Safe From Asteroids
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated for the first time how an asteroid or comet could have caused the mega crater on Phobos without completely destroying the Martian moon. Credit: Image courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Mars’ moon Phobos or Death Star is being studied in a bid to save earth

The largest moon surrounding Mars called Phobos, which resembles the Death Star from the film "Star Wars", is being studied to keep the earth safe from asteroids

On Wednesday the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) released some very important news about Mars’ Death Star. They will be carrying out a computerized modelling of the death star or more aptly called as moon which surrounds Mars.

The moon which has turned into a death star is called Phobos. The modelling is being carried out as a way to keep the earth safe from the same fate. 

The moon Phobos has a huge crater called the Stickney crater which has a distance of five miles. The moon will be studied using a new computer model out of the LLNL. The model stimulates the impact a steroid could have which has left such a huge crater on the surface of Phobos.

The study is part of the planetary defence program being carried out at the LLNL. The aim is to prevent an impact of the same nature to befall on the surface of the earth. 

The Stickney crater was formed on the surface of Phobos after an object with a width of 820 feet slammed into it. The object also had to have been traveling at a speed of near 13,420 mph to have created the crater.

All the data regarding the research will soon be published in the journal Geophysical Review Letters.

Many of you may be questioning is protecting the earth NASA’s job? Well NASAs job is to specifically recognize and be on guard about object looking to slam into earth.

While the LLNL will work towards deflecting and defending the earth form disastrous impacts. The LLNL’s job may include deploying spacecraft’s which might prevent asteroids from hitting earth by changing their direction. 

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