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Old 06-12-2016, 03:52 PM
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Another related option that has been studied is the possibility of using a large asteroid in a gravity assist maneuver to transfer orbital energy from the outer planets to Earth in order to expand Earth's orbit.

Estimates are that it would take thousands of gravity assists to make a difference. And a screw-up that results in the asteroid impacting the Earth would be catastrophic, to say the least. But if the alternative is the oceans' boiling away as the Sun expands, we may have no choice but to try it, assuming we develop the capability.

Article about one such plan here: