Artist's concept of a catastrophic asteroid impact with the Earth. (Photo: Don Davis, NASA)
The exercise, which was part of the "National Near-Earth Preparedness Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan," published by the White House, 2019 Planetary Defense Conference at College Park, Maryland, last week. 2027.
Paul Chodas, the NASA engineer who designed the exercise, said the AFP is a highly unlikely asteroid and its terrifying outcome is "highly unlikely". but he wanted "The issue to be discussed and discussed."
In the scenario, asteroid that originally had a 1 in 10 chance of hitting Earth becoming a threat. The 140-260 meter asteroid had a projected impact over Denver, Colorado. So, the simulation team launches spacecrafts to deflect it. But a fragment of the asteroid broke off and continued to hurl towards North America. The rock, then 60-meters in size (about 197 feet), leading over Manhattan. Ansteroid that size is big enough to devastate a city. New Yorkers what to evacuate New York City at the end of the exercise.
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Rüdiger Jehn, the European Space Agency's Planetary Defense Office, noted. Meaning, there are technical ways to deflect them before they are near Earth.
Lindley Johnson, NASA's planetary defense officer, said in a statement that "these exercises will help us develop more effective communications with each other and our governments. "
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No known asteroid poses a significant risk of impact with Earth over the next 100 years, according to NASA.
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