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Is The Planet Earth Prepared For Unexpected Asteroids Strike? NASA Scientists React

First Posted: Dec 15, 2016 04:31 AM EST
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Preparing for the worst must be considered by every human being living on the planet Earth. This refers to the unexpected collision of asteroids with the planet Earth.

NASA has been detecting around five new asteroids every night. It is also reported that "potentially hazardous asteroids" have less than a 0.01 percent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.

Joseph Nuth at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said that the biggest problem, basically, is there is not a hell of a lot they can do about it now. He further said that things like dinosaurs' killers, they are 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially. "You could say, of course, we're due, but it's a random course at that point."

Dr. Nuth's recommendations include the construction of two comets destroying spacecraft ahead of time. He elaborated that the first spacecraft is an "observer craft," which could be launched as soon as a threat approaches. Meanwhile, the second is the "interceptor craft" that could extricate the asteroid or comet from its orbit or destroy it. These spacecraft would sit in storage until they are needed, according to Atlantic.

He added that these spacecraft would lessen the U.S. government's response time to any harmful object from about five years to less than 12 months. He then said that the recommendation is for anyone who will listen. "I'm a NASA scientists. I'm not a NASA policymaker. I'm not even in the administration of NASA."

Meanwhile, Cathy Plesko, a scientist at Los Alamos National laboratory, recommended a giant cannonball or just like a kinetic impactor. She said that cannonball technology is very good technology, intercepting an object at high speed ends up being more efficient than high explosives.

The good thing now is that the planet Earth is left alone by huge comets and asteroids. On the other hand, it was reported that there were two close encounters. The first was in 1996 when a comet collided with Jupiter and the other one in 2014, which made a flyby just past the Red Planet that is Earth's closest neighbor, according to Science Alert.

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