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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Moon-nuking and volcano-lancing update: Successful test of asteroid-blasting space cannon

Laser Weapon update: Japanese scientists have successfully tested a space cannon that will be used to blast a hole in an asteroid as part of an upcoming mission. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will use the weapon to gather extensive data about the composition of asteroid 1999JU3 that could not be obtained by simply scanning the undisturbed surface. This successful test sets up a launch for next year.

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