NASA, along with space agencies from various countries, is meeting this week to find a solution and an emergency response to a possible collision with a very large asteroid.
The meeting will be attended by members of NASA’s Planetary Protection Coordination Office (PDCO) along with other space scientists. Despite holding such a meeting, it should be noted that there is no news of a possible collision and they only intend to find a way to avoid possible dangers.
NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson said in a statement:
“Every time we participate in such an exercise, we become more aware of who the main culprits in a disaster are and who should be aware of this information at a given time. “Doing these exercises will ultimately help the planetary defense community communicate with each other and with governments, and ensure that we are all coordinated in the event of a potential threat in the future.”
There are now sophisticated telescopes that can detect asteroids, comets, and other potentially dangerous objects approaching Earth. But if such an object is determined to collide with the planet Earth in its path, what decision should be made? This is the question that this week’s meeting will address as part of a strategy to protect the planets.
Says Dr. Pavel Chudas, director of the NASA Laboratory Center:
“Exercises on the possible collision of an asteroid in the future provide us with an opportunity to think about the passage and possible collision of a significant and impressive asteroid with the Earth and find a solution. “Details of the proposed scenario, including the probability of an asteroid collision and the time and place of the event, will be announced in several stages during the conference days to fully simulate a real situation.”
Although there is no possibility of an asteroid hitting Earth in the near future, space agencies with different strategies want to prepare for such a scenario.