Our world is filled with all sorts of natural disasters which annually cause a lot of lives and caused great damage to the property. Through a variety of detectors and alert systems people have learned to respond quickly to natural disasters and to reduce their impact to a minimum, but mankind still has no experience of salvation by the sudden fall of an asteroid. In this regard, the coordination office for planetary defense and space agencies NASA and ESA decided to recreate a fictional scenario of asteroid and develop a plan of action.
Fictional scenario States that on March 26 the staff of the minor planet Center found a hypothetical asteroid called 2109 PDC. With its 300-meter size, it is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid, to March 27, the researchers calculated that it might collide with Earth in eight years. However, by 29 April, the probability of collision is increased dramatically and the space agencies had the task of avoiding disaster.
The purpose of this rehearsal is to ensure that agencies were able to quickly develop a plan of action and to establish the relationship between the various space agencies. The researchers empirically see how when the risk of falling of an asteroid is needed to act as officials of space agencies, and ordinary people.
Such experiments have been conducted earlier, there were six. Thanks to them, the researchers found that NASA employees place a much greater emphasis on a more accurate prediction of the motion of the asteroid by observing its orbital route and physical characteristics. Probably during a new event, the researchers will make other discoveries.
We will conduct periodic exercises of the ever widening U.S. government agencies and international partners. For us it is a great way to learn to work together.
Lindley Johnson, officer of NASA’s planetary defense
How to protect the planet from asteroids and other space objects can be found in our material. The method was disclosed by the senior researcher of NASA mission to hunt for asteroids in the jet propulsion Laboratory.
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