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The NASA agency recognized the inability to protect the Earth from an asteroid

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun24,2024

The NASA agency recognized the inability to protect Earth from an asteroid

The Planetary Defense Coordination Office (a division of NASA) said in a new report that "there is currently no infrastructure to protect Earth from asteroid impacts". Read more writes tweaktown.

Such conclusions were drawn on the basis of exercises, according to which there is a 32% probability that on July 12, 2038, the Earth may collide with an asteroid (there is no such probability in real life — the situation was simply simulated).< /p>

The diameter of the asteroid (according to the scenario) will be from 60 to 800 meters, although the bet was made on a variation from 100 to 320 meters. The probability that no one will be injured during a collision is 45%. More than a thousand people will be affected — 47%, more than 100 thousand — 28%, over a million — 8%, over 10 million — 0.04%. The affected area is centered on much of the United States, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

Many domestic units found serious flaws in NASA's response, especially in planning and communications. For example, it turns out that there is currently no well-defined process for responding to the detection of such an approaching asteroid. In addition, only one test has ever been conducted to prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth.

«The decision-making process for space missions in an asteroid threat scenario remains unclear. The process has not been adequately defined either in the US or at the international level, the report says.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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