NASA Warns A Giant Asteroid Heading For Earth Cannot Be Stopped!
A group of scientific experts from NASA and the European Space Agency recently gathered for a week-long hypothetical exercise which was conducted for the sole purpose of averting an incoming asteroid that is capable of annihilating Europe. The exercise involving the international space agencies took place during the final week of April, but NASA has participated in a total of seven impact scenarios dating back to 2013, four of which took place at the International Planetary Defense Conferences, and 3 in conjunction with FEMA including the latest one.
The joint NASA-FEMA exercises have included the participation of other federal agencies, including the Defense and State Departments. With the most recent exercise the space agency experts were facing a big dilemma, an asteroid was detected 35 million miles from Earth which was on a 6 month collision path with our planet, the main target being the European continent. Now you may be asking yourself, well this was only a mock exercise, International Space Agencies has conducted them in previous years, and so what’s the big deal. Well as it turned out at the end of this year’s exercise, which started on April 26, the experts concluded that our current technology would be unable to avert a major disaster from an asteroid impact.
You see the whole exercise was initiated to access the global capacity to react to an asteroid threat with current technologies, and to determine how international agencies would respond to an actual impact prediction. Each day of the exercise the participants were given additional information about the asteroid’s size and its trajectory, and how the simulation would take place in a real life scenario as indicated here for days 1thru 4 of the exercise. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out so well at the end of the exercise, as the asteroid crashed into Eastern Europe.
If we learned anything from the recent impact exercise it would be the fact that we are helpless to avert a catastrophe from space in such a short amount of time, which in this scenario was six months. The current state of our technology does not allow for the deployment of a credible space mission, which means that we are sitting ducks. But there is a silver lining in the asteroid scenario. The simulation exercise indicated that its measuring systems are accurate to the extent that they can pinpoint where an asteroid will strike 6 days in advance, which is meaningful when it comes to the evacuation of an area where an impact would be expected to occur.
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There is one other thing that may be somewhat comforting in this respect, the probability of an asteroid impact leveling a city, is just a tenth of a percent each year. It is even lower when taking into consideration the likelihood that an incoming asteroid would impact the world’s oceans, which cover 71%of the Earth’s surface, and where an impact would have a much higher probability. However, a dilemma persists which explains the main reason for the impact exercises in recent years, there is an estimated 2/3 of asteroids larger than 460 feet, that are waiting to be discovered, which means that the Hypothetical scenario played out by space agency experts at the end of last month has now become areal possibility.
The experts understand this from previous experiences, which is why they hammer home the need for an improved means of detecting yet unknown asteroids that exist in the darkness of space. Back in July of 2019 an asteroid the size of a football field was discovered just 24 hours before passing less than 1/6 the distance between the Earth and the moon. Shortly after its close encounter NASA officials acknowledged that the asteroid went undetected until it was right on top of us, and this is why asteroids that sneak up on the Earth continue to be a major threat to our planet. Continuous Reading