NASA Practicing Techniques for Countering Deadly Asteroids

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • Jun 18, 2019 10:00 pm
  • 15:40 mins

Guest: Richard Binzel, Professor of Planetary Science, MIT An asteroid the size of a city-block is hurtling towards Earth, and scientists scramble to respond. They launch six spacecraft to slam into the asteroid and knock it off course –but, instead, a chunk splits off and makes a beeline for Central Park in New York City and destroys the lower half of Manhattan. That’s how a simulation went at NASA’s recent Planetary Defense Conference.

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US "Maximum Pressure" Campaign Against Iran Drives Tensions Higher

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Guest: Ryan Vogel, Director of the Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University  Iran says it’s on the verge of boosting its stockpile of enriched uranium beyond the limit set in the 2015 nuclear agreement, unless it gets serious relief from sanctions imposed by the United States. Last year, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and has been waging a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, including an attempt to drive Iran’s oil revenue to zero. The US also accuses Iran of attacks on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region last week, which Iran denies. But, America’s European allies are skeptical that Iran’s been up to as much mischief as the US claims. There’s international concern this could all escalate into a war.

Guest: Ryan Vogel, Director of the Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University  Iran says it’s on the verge of boosting its stockpile of enriched uranium beyond the limit set in the 2015 nuclear agreement, unless it gets serious relief from sanctions imposed by the United States. Last year, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and has been waging a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, including an attempt to drive Iran’s oil revenue to zero. The US also accuses Iran of attacks on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region last week, which Iran denies. But, America’s European allies are skeptical that Iran’s been up to as much mischief as the US claims. There’s international concern this could all escalate into a war.