Researchers from NASA and other space agencies around the world will present their scenarios of what to do if an asteroid approaches the planet. They will conduct special scientists to coordinate actions.
Space agencies from around the world will simulate emergencies when the planet is threatened by asteroids. This will be discussed at the 7th Planetary Defense Conference.
Members of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordinating Office (PDCO) will join other scientists and astronauts to simulate how agencies, governments and citizens should respond if Earth is threatened by an asteroid. For five days, they will simulate collision scenarios and must adapt their reactions to new incoming data.
“Each time we participate in an exercise of this nature, we learn more about who the key players in a catastrophic event are and who needs to know what information is due and when,” said Lindley Johnson, NASA Planetary Defense Officer … “These exercises ultimately help the community share information with the governments of other countries, ensure coordination of actions in the event of a potential threat.”
Scientists noted that they are now working with an increasingly complex system of telescopes that can detect asteroids or comets approaching the Earth; they are called Potentially Hazardous Objects (PHO). However, the researchers want to work out in more detail the scenarios in which such an object approaches the planet and may threaten its existence. In this case, space agencies should work out a plan for exercises and potential actions.
“Research on hypothetical asteroid collisions gives us an opportunity to think about how we will react if a significant asteroid is found that has a chance of colliding with our planet,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for the Study of Objects in Near-Earth Space (CNEOS) at the Laboratory. NASA jet propulsion. “The details of the scenario — such as the likelihood of an asteroid collision, where and when the collision might occur — are provided to attendees over several stages of the conference to simulate how the actual situation might develop.”