In this episode, we place bets on the biggest fight in the cinematic universe: nuclear weapons vs. asteroids. What do the movies Armageddon, Deep Impact, and Meteor tell us about how planet Earth will defend itself against space rocks? How effective would nukes in these doomsday scenarios? How can we thank the dinosaurs for becoming oil so that the drill team in Armageddon learned the skills necessary to save us from another asteroid extinction event? Tim Westmyer and returning special guest Boris (@bmelnikov) answer these questions and more.
Before we decide to violate the Outer Space Treaty, we recommend checking out:
- “Chicxulub crater,” Wikipedia
- Vladimir Rubtsov, “The Tunguska Mystery,” 2009
- “Space Weapons Earth Wars,” Rand Corporation, 2002
- Force Majeure (2014 movie)
- Meteor Man (1993 movie)