It may look like a Hollywood scenario or an apocalypse movie, but NASA and other scientists are preparing for a future problem that the Earth could confront. An exercise has been running this week at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference that is showing a realistic scenario.
Someday, from somewhere, an asteroid could hit Earth. PDCO is running this exercise as a part of the federal action plan for finding a way to defend our planet. NASA isn’t the only one to hunt the skies for threats. In the team have joined: the European Space Agency’s Space Situational Awareness-NEO Segment, and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN).
NASA to Focus on a Potential Future Asteroid Impact
Through this exercise, all of the participants have understood better how to manage a disaster and how to help them developed and improved a path of communications with each other. NASA’s mission is to detect 90 % of the objects that are larger than 140 meters by 2020. But this task is hard to accomplish, because the time needed for this job is around three decades, so until then, we are not protected.
Moreover, we must not forget that a series of meteors have hit the Earth’s surface, for example, the small object from the Bering Sea in 2018, six years ago another one had exploded again in Russia and had made 1.600 victims. The real problems come when NASA couldn’t detect the smaller meteors like the one from Russia, and now, in the exercise, they are hunting the big ones.
To sum up, NASA and the participants require more funds for the monitoring system alerts, because if nothing is done, it will be a matter of time when the Earth will be hit by a big asteroid that could cause some severe damage.