NASA Prepares For The Possibility Of A Meteor Collision
Last week, scientists around the world worked on an imaginary meteor headed towards Earth. A group of experts from the US and European space agencies participated in a week-long NASA-led exercise, with a hypothetical scenario. 35 million miles away, an asteroid is approaching the planet and could hit Earth in six months.
With each passing day of the study, the participants learned more about the asteroid’s size, orbit and the chance of impact. Then they had to collaborate and use their technical knowledge to see if anything could be done to stop the spacecraft.
CURRENT TECHNOLOGY IS INSUFFICIENT TO PREVENT THIS COLLISION
Unfortunately, the experts were insufficient. The group determined that given the simulation’s six-month timeframe, none of the world’s current technologies could prevent the hypothetical meteor from striking. And according to the scenario, the asteroid hit Eastern Europe.
Currently, no asteroid poses a threat to Earth. But an estimated two-thirds of the asteroids 460 feet or larger, and those that are large enough to cause significant damage, remain undiscovered. For this reason, NASA and other organizations are trying to prepare for such a situation.
“These exercises ultimately help the planet-defense community to communicate with each other and our governments, helping to ensure that we are all coordinated in the event that a potential threat of impact is detected in the future,” said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, in the press release.
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