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ISU prof has plan to save humanity from asteroids

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An Iowa State University professor has a plan for saving humanity from a devastating asteroid collision, and he'll soon meet with officials at NASA to discuss his proposal.

Engineering professor Bong Wie believes one way to stop an asteroid from hurtling toward earth is to break up the rock with a nuclear device.

He is scheduled to meet Tuesday with NASA officials to talk about his research, which is being hashed out with a team at the Asteroid Deflection Research Center in Ames.

The Des Moines Register says ( ) Wie will request a five-year, $5 million grant to put the research into action and launch a practice satellite without a nuke into space.

Wie says it's important to get started since developing the project will take more than a decade.

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