Change Agent: Bong Wie

Bong Wie sent his hands flying, simulating an explosion right there in his Howe Hall office. If his ideas become reality and spacecraft carrying nuclear explosives fly into asteroids one day, “The asteroid can be pulverized – not just fragmented – into dust!” he said, his hands going wild.

Blasting asteroids: ISU team works to defend against “city-killers”

On this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with Professor Bong Wei about the threat of asteroids and how researchers at Iowa State University are working to develop technologies to prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth. Wei recently helped conduct a three-year study on the feasibility of rapidly intercepting and nuking an incoming asteroid.

Anti-asteroid nuke gains steam

A plan by an Iowa State University professor to save the planet from a meteor collision continues to streak toward reality. The problem being puzzled over at the Asteroid Deflection Research Center in Ames would devastate humanity: an asteroid hurtling toward the planet, detected too late to be able to use other means to knock … Continue reading Anti-asteroid nuke gains steam

Asteroid Deflection Research

Iowa State engineers developing ideas, technologies to save the Earth from asteroids

Bong Wie has heard the snickers. You want to protect the Earth from asteroids? Where were you when the dinosaurs needed you? You want to be like Bruce Willis in that asteroid movie? Wie has a serious reply: After five years of science and engineering work, Wie and his small team have a publication list … Continue reading Iowa State engineers developing ideas, technologies to save the Earth from asteroids