Summary: A new NASA exercise, which is being lead by Center for Near Earth Object Studies, aims to test how experts and agencies across the world would respond to a potential killer-asteroid situation
Original author and publication date: Joshua Espinoza – April 30, 2021
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: What will destroy earth, an asteroid from outer space of humans living on this planet?
From the article:
NASA is taking the “better safe than sorry” approach.
Earlier this week, the space agency kicked off a five-day “tabletop exercise” that simulates a hypothetical asteroid impact on Earth—a scenario that reportedly remains very unlikely at this point. The exercise, which is being lead by Center for Near Earth Object Studies, aims to test how experts and agencies across the world would respond to a potential killer-asteroid situation.
“Each time we participate in an exercise of this nature, we learn more about who the key players are in a disaster event, and who needs to know what information, and when,” Lindley Johnson, NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, said.
“These exercises ultimately help the planetary defense community communicate with each other and with our governments to ensure we are all coordinated should a potential impact threat be identified in the future.”
The exercise took place during the United Nations’ 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference in cooperation with NASA and the European Space Agency. The participants “discovered” a potentially dangerous near-Earth object on April 19, about six months before its estimated impact. Throughout the following days, exercise leaders provided updated information about the fictitious scenario and tasked experts to offer possible responses.