NASA chief Bridenstein warned yesterday that a catastrophic asteroid attack on Earth could occur in our lives and called for urgent global research into the threat to humanity posed by a large asteroid collision.
NASA's director made a chilling speech at a major space conference in which he asked the world's powers to begin preparations for the impact of meteorological events immediately.
Speaking of the 2019 conference at the Planetarium Defense in Washington, DC, Breedenstein said: "We need to make sure that people understand that it's not about Hollywood, it's not about movies, it's about defense and only the planet we know, now, to live life and it's Earth . "
Drills before the last day
His warning comes as NASA prepares for the upcoming "Judgment Day" by repeating what will happen if the asteroid is activated on Earth.
The space agency is participating in five days of simulated scenarios together with other international organizations to test their readiness for an apocalyptic astrocytic accident.
In a demonstration of how close we could be to such a situation, Bridenstein noted the so-called "Lybinsk" incident, which took place in February 2013, when a meteorite was burned in the Ural Mountains before it crashed into the far area. Of southern Russia.
It was the largest meteor strike in more than a century, after the Tunguska events (1908). More than 1,600 people were injured as a result of the shock shock of the massive explosion, which spread to hundreds of kilometers. It is estimated that the impact force was as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs.
Increase the settings
Typically, these devastating events are considered to occur on every 60 years. But Breindenstein said there had been three years in the last 100 years, indicating that their regularity had increased at the rate of destruction.
This means that another event on the balance sheet of the event in Kyiv can occur in our lives. And its impact can be difficult if it happens in a more urban area, such as a city or a city.
Similarly, if a similar asteroid attack occurs in the ocean, the resulting wave can be enormous, canceling entire islands and coastal areas.
"I would like to be able to tell you that these events are particularly unique, but they are not."
NASA treats planetary defense as a critical goal, such as space exploration and sending humans back to the moon.
The Agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was entrusted with Near Earth Objects (NEO) to document their behavior and predict better when an asteroid attack could occur.
Visibility is considered to be any object that surrounds the Sun and is 30 million kilometers from Earth orbit. Part of this work is to identify and track up to 90 percent of nearby asteroids that measure 459 feet or more. Asteroids of this magnitude can cause potentially fatal damage to Earth's impact.
NASA is also partnering with Elon Musk's SpaceX company to launch the DART mission, which will be the first attempt to deflect the asteroid by a deliberate high-speed object crash.
The launch of the mission is scheduled for June 2021 and will focus on the asteroid Didimus, which measures about 800 meters. DART is expected to crash into Didimus when it is 11 million km from Earth in October 2022.