NASA has warned that the human race is still not ready for a surprise asteroid attack and that ‘there’s not much we can do about it at the moment.’ Surely w have developed enough technology to defend our planet against cosmic threats, right?
Even though the chances of a massive asteroid crashing into our planet are extremely rare, scientists warn it may be a matter of time before this threat from space becomes a reality, pointing to several close flybys in the past.
Furthermore, experts warn that the human race is still not prepared for an asteroid impact, and should we discover one heading our way, there’s not much we could do to prevent a catastrophe.
Dr Joseph Nuth, a NASA scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland commented that the best thing we can do to protect Earth is to build ‘an interceptor rocket’ to keep in storage that could be used –in the future— in so-called deflection mission during the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union .
‘The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment,’ said Nuth.
Even though Dr. Nuth clarified that asteroids and comets rarely collide against our planet, the threat is always there.
‘They are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they’re 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially. You could say, of course, we’re due, but it’s a random course at that point.’
If we look back at the history of our planet, we will realize that several comets have come really close to colliding with our planet.
Dr. Nuth explained that in 96, a comet came dangerously close to Earth, instead flying into Jupiter. In 2014, another comet came ‘within cosmic spitting distance of Mars,’ according to Dr. Nuth.If you look at the schedule for high-reliability spacecraft and launching them, it takes five years to launch a spacecraft.’
If you look at the schedule for high-reliability spacecraft and launching them, it takes five years to launch a spacecraft.’
‘We had 22 months of total warning,’ added Dr. Nuth.
In order to prevent a catastrophic event, Dr. Nuth has advised NASA to build an interceptor rocket that could launch within a year. Dr. Nuth says that it ‘could mitigate the possibility of a sneaky asteroid coming in from a place that’s hard to observe, like from the sun.’