NASA announced this week that space rock several meters high exploded in December 16 miles above the Bering Sea with ten times the energy of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.
Scientists and politicians want space agencies like NASA and ESA to step up their efforts to detect and track NEOs and find ways to distract them.
Jay Tate, a leading Asgardia researcher and director of the privately funded Space Guard Center in Wales, said, "NEOs pose a serious, even catastrophic threat to human civilization, and action must be taken to risk and develop technology to protect this and future generations. "
Solar storms and torches can shut off electrical networks, telecommunications, pipelines and control systems, putting billions at risk," he added.
NASA has identified more than 1
The alert will be triggered at the first meeting of the government of Asgardia, a "space nation" with 20,000 citizens and one million followers worldwide.