Humanity can very easily learn how to save lives when a destructive asteroid appears – and not by blowing it up or changing its course, the pilot of the 1969 Apollo 9 mission, Rusty Schweickart, has told RT.

“[The asteroids] go around the Sun the same way that the Earth does, but their paths occasionally cross the orbit of the Earth,” Schweickart told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze.

“And, sooner or later, the Earth and the asteroid will be in the intersection at the same time. It’s just like two cars.”

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