College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ISU prof’s aim: Avert asteroid hit

Iowa State University professor Bong Wie stood in Hungary’s gilded parliament building in May with a modest plan that might one day save the planet.

His idea: avert a catastrophic asteroid strike on Earth by launching a nuclear weapon to intercept the object, a difficult engineering problem that carries enormous legal, political and ethical hurdles.

Read the Des Moines Register article.