Humans now have ability to respond to an asteroid impact: NASA

Humans now have ability to respond to an asteroid impact: NASA

The Earth has been hit by massive space rocks several times over the ages, and the threat continues to persist. However, NASA scientists are confident that humans now have the ability to respond to an impact threat.

Thomas Zurbuchen, new associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, suggested methods like continued observations of near earth objects, predictions, response planning and mitigation can help a lot in dealing with such a situation.

Speaking on the topic, Zurbuchen said, “It’s not a matter of if, but when, we will deal with such a situation. Unlike any other time in our history, we now have the ability to respond to an impact threat through continued observations, predictions, response planning and mitigation.”

New technologies have enabled humans to stop the worst-case scenario, something that NASA and FEMA scientists simulated on 25th of October, with a goal to simply survive.

The scientists spotted a fictitious asteroid that would impact Earth on September 20, 2020. The odds of the impact gradually increases to 100 per cent, with the area of impact estimated to be off the coast of southern California.

Scientists considered how to prepare to deal with the potential impact and how to keep the public aware without causing a panic. Emergency managers and other authorities had to simulate a massive evacuation of millions of people from the Los Angeles area.

Attendees said the simulation helped them learn a lot about how to prepare for this type of large-scale disaster scenario. NASA’s first priority is to deflect any such object to avoid a collision, but the technology to make that happen is still unproven.



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