If ever an asteroid were thrown to earth, what would it be Plan to prevent it from affecting the planet?
This is the question NASA and its partners, including the European Space Agency and FEMA (FEMA), are meeting at the Planetary Defense Conference in early May.
During the five-day conference, NASA and its partners plan to conduct a "table exercise" that simulates what would happen if scientists and authorities learned of a scenario involving an object near a near-Earth object (NEO).
"A simulated emergency bench exercise routinely used by the disaster man. Planning planning should help inform stakeholders about important aspects of a potential disaster and identify problems to achieve a successful response," says NASA.
In the exercise (described in detail here by ESA), NASA and its partners must respond to a reaction "realistic – but fictional – scenario" with a NEO called "2019 PDC" that has the opportunity in 2027, the Earth to influence.
Armed with all hypothetical information on "2019 PDC", the exercise is intended 19659007 "The first step in protecting our planet is to know what's out there," said Rüdiger Jehn, head of ESA's planetary defense department. "Only then, with sufficient warning, can we take the steps required to completely prevent an asteroid attack or minimize the damage it causes to the ground."
In such a situation, the ESA says it would live tweet details, so you will find out the "news" as the experts do. "And for the hypothetical asteroid exercise of the PDC 2019 at the conference, the agency will indeed tweet live the series of decided actions as if they were made.
" These exercises really helped us in the planetary defense community to Understanding what our colleagues in disaster management need to know, "said NASA's Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson," this exercise will help us develop more effective communication with each other and with our governments. "
Although NASA is already at six Each scenario is different and the agency says the focus is not always on the focus The details of the asteroid, although still crucial to creating a plan that either distracts it or its impact
"What emergency managers want to know is when, where, and how an asteroid works, and how it behaves The extent of the damage looks like that could happen, "said Leviticus Lewis of the Response Operations Division for FEMA.
Well, you know what they say … it's better to prepare for it. At least NASA and their friends will not panic so hard if an asteroid ever really hit Earth.