New York City, home to 8.6 million people and one hot duck, has perished in an apocalyptic meteor strike … in a simulation.Over the past week, some 200 space experts from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and other organizations have been melding their minds in order to face the crisis of a hypothetical asteroid barreling through space toward North America. The gathering, called the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference, convenes every year with the not-so-simple task of figuring out how to save Earth from a head-on asteroid impact — sort of like war games, but on a planetary scale. [Crash! The 10 Biggest Impact Craters on Earth]During last year’s meeting, the group successfully saved Tokyo from a catastrophic impact by launching a

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