Thursday, October 05, 2006

Icarus 1968

MIT professor Paul Sandorff gave his class of graduate students a task: suppose...Icarus was instead going to hit the Earth... the

force of 500,000 megatons... pulverizing a rock the

size of Icarus would require a 1,000 megaton bomb...There was no way it could be done in the short time available....
What the group decided to do was to take six Saturn V rockets then in production, and with only minimal modifications ... The first launch would have to take place by April 1968, only a

year away, and five more launches would have to follow at two-week increments...


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