Could we deflect an incoming asteroid by bombarding it with paintballs?

What would be a way to deflect asteroid Apophis if it gets a little too close for comfort in 2029 or 2036? Pew-pew it with 5 tons of white paintballs. Not only would the multiple mini impacts bump the asteroid off course, but the white paint would cover the surface and reflect more sunlight, and over time, the… » 10/26/12 3:00pm 10/26/12 3:00pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Asteroids, Comets & Other Near…

Many of you have probably heard about asteroid 2005 YU55, the massive rocky body that tomorrow night will collide with Earth in a ball of flames pass the planet safely, albeit closer than any asteroid in the last 35 years. » 11/07/11 10:24am 11/07/11 10:24am

Slim chance that asteroid named after Stargate villain could hit Earth…

Previously, it was only the Russians who were saying that the asteroid Apophis could smash into the Earth in 2036, but now a NASA spokesperson is admitting it's a possibility... albeit a slim one. » 2/11/11 8:30am 2/11/11 8:30am

Russia May Knock an Approaching Asteroid Away from Earth

Are we on the path to a major asteroid collision? The Russian Federal Space Agency fears that the approaching asteroid Apophis could spell certain doom. And it has a plan to knock the asteroid off its current course. » 12/30/09 11:30am 12/30/09 11:30am