Mankind can easily learn to save lives when a devastating asteroid appears – and not by blowing it up or changing its course, the pilot of the 1969 Apollo 9 mission, Rusty Schweickart, RT communicated.
"[The asteroids] orbits the Sun in the same way as Earth, but their paths occasionally cross Earth orbit," Schweickart said to Sophie Shevardnadze of RT.
"And sooner or later. The Earth and the asteroid will be in the intersection at the same time. It's like having two cars.
The famous astronaut co-founded the B612 charitable foundation, which is committed to building a global asteroid shield. He believes that humanity should maintain a comprehensive asteroid database and focus on creating technologies to track incoming cosmic bodies.
The database will also help to calculate their trajectory before it is realized that they are on a collision course with our planet Schweickart said.
. He explained that the next step to dealing with the asteroid would be to slow down or speed it up a bit with the aid of space technology, so that it can easily reach Earth or Earth. "
That's a distraction. We do not have to blow it up. We do not have to change the orbit. We only change the arrival time at this time.
The astronaut is confident that the nations of the world will be able to access this technology sometime in the future if they invest enough money and effort. Impact events are relatively rare, but there is still a lot at stake, he stressed. He remembered the Chelyabinsk meteor, which fell from the sky in broad daylight in Russia in 2013 and fortunately did not kill anybody.
Mass extinction in the past. And the impact that destroyed the dinosaurs 64 million years ago destroyed 75 percent of all life there was. " warned Schweickart.
"Yes, a city can be destroyed, a continent can be destroyed, and life on the planet can be destroyed. Frankly, civilization is very fragile. So it does not take much to destroy civilization.
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