The latest from Rusty Schweickart

  • Letter | No Need to Save Nukes For Asteroid Deflection

    Madhu Thangavelu’s commentary “Putting Surplus Nukes to Good Use” [April 12, page 41] needs a thoughtful response. While his comments seem to be quite reasonable, there are serious flaws in his thinking. There are a relatively few of us who have been working this problem for the past five to 10 years, and the work, while extensive, has not been broadcast to the wider public, so the lack of familiarity with it is understandable. Nonetheless, when one is talking about nuclear weapons in space, one needs to be very careful and well informed.