In a purely academic event, a team of NASA researchers faced the possibility that asteroids will appear in the process of colliding with our planet and cannot avoid the collision.
NASA’s planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson said: “We must endure the collision.” Experts explained that at the International Academy of Astronautics’ Planetary Defense Conference last week, the NASA team of scientists faced one of the most challenging scenarios ever. , Even considering the use, the team could not find a solution to avoid this impact. Nuclear weapons. The purpose of the exercise is also to involve crisis management and emergency response groups, cooperate and think together about the response that we must make as a planet that must be transferred to space.
The NASA JPL Center for Near-Earth Object Research (CNEOS) team described the hypothetical object, named it 2021 PDC, and shared information within four days of the event. On April 26, the participants learned that the height of the object was between 35 and 700 meters, and a collision of 1 to 20 meters might occur sometime in October this year. On the second day, there was a jump in the time to May 2nd. Observing the results, it can be concluded that there is a 100% probability that it will be affected. The project team with hundreds of participants finally thought that it was impossible to prepare space missions that deflect asteroids or otherwise reduce the danger and prevent collisions in time. The spokesperson believes that given the current level of technology and the way in which tasks are performed, preparation and development will take at least two years. vice.
On the third day of the exercise, we moved to June 30 and learned that the collision will occur in a relatively populous area of Central Europe. On the last day, participants must focus their discussions on the evacuation and crisis response plans in the southern part of Prague one week before the collision.
Experts say that it is impossible to prepare and send a ship to divert the asteroid’s trajectory in such a short period of time, and even the mitigation hypothesis using nuclear weapons is not feasible. The suggestion is to develop a fast-reacting aircraft that can enter orbit a few days or weeks ago.
Remember, NASA is completing the DART (Dual Asteroid Redirection System) mission, which aims to lay the foundation for the future transfer of the trajectory of asteroids that threaten the Earth. In other words, NEOSM (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission) intends to monitor potentially dangerous asteroids in the solar system and will be launched later this year.