A “devastating” NASA experience … the unavoidable risk of an asteroid colliding with Earth


The simulation supervised by the US Space Agency concluded.NASA“It lasted for a week, until a disaster An asteroid collided with EarthIt cannot be avoided, even if we are given a six-month period to prepare for it.

And according to the British newspaper “The Independent”, such a “catastrophic scenario”, which was discussed in the Planetary Defense Conference sponsored United nationsIt proved that the countries of the world are not prepared for this kind of Disasters.

Conference participants said in a statement: “If we encounter such a scenario in real life, we will not be able to launch any Space ship In such a short notification of current capabilities. “

The only option to respond to such a dangerous event would be to evacuate the region before the asteroid collision, but the area of ​​influence will affect large parts of the world.

Commenting on the experience, Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer at NASA, said: “Every time we participate in exercises of this kind, we learn more about the most prominent responders to such a catastrophic event, who needs to know the information and when.”

“Ultimately, these exercises help the global defense community communicate with each other and with our governments to ensure that we all coordinate if a potential future impact threat is identified,” Johnson added.

In response to the news of the failure of the simulation, the president of “SpaceX” said, Elon Musk: “The lack of a solution was one of the many reasons we needed bigger and more advanced missiles.”

And I got ‘SpaceX Recently a contract worth $ 2.89 billion from NASA to develop the next generation of Starship spacecraft, which is being built to transport people and goods around the solar system.

SpaceX also says, “Starship” will be “the most powerful launch vehicle in the world,” and it can be used to assist the tasks of diverting the trajectory of an asteroid heading to Earth.

NASA experiences

NASA is working on a letter technology AsteroidsIt plans to launch its first test mission of the “double asteroid re-orientation test” system before the arrival of the asteroid “Dimorphus” in the fall of 2022.

According to the executive director of this system, Andrea Reilly: “The double asteroid rerouting test will be the first test of planetary defense, and the data returned after its impact on Demorphus will help scientists better understand one of the ways in which we can mitigate the threat of near-Earth objects in the future.” “.

It is worth noting that “NASA” is currently tracking approximately 25 thousand of near-Earth objects, and new objects are added at a rate of 30 every week.


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