See, that's the grass and the dirt and the sky down there on the paper, and the straws are the rockets, which are flying up into space to kill the meteors before they crash into earth.
I was about to tell the kid the truth, that actually, the meteor was destroyed by a plucky band of oil rig workers led by Bruce Willis, Violet Affleck's dad Ben, and their crazy friend Steve "Rockhound" Buscemi. But then I realized how important it is for folks in the missile-based defense systems industry to preserve their childlike sense of imagination.
And besides, she's getting a $500 million contract from the Pentagon to cover the cost of all that Scotch tape, so I'm keeping my mouth shut.
Asteroid near-miss prompts calls for astronomy funding [abc.net.au]
tangentially related, but awesome: "Full Spectrum Dominance," photos of missile launches by Simon Norfolk [michaelhoppengallery via things]