STATES CHRONICLE – NASA wants to be prepared than taken by surprise by a possible asteroid impact. Scientists from NASA gathered at FEMA in El Segundo, California to discuss the possibility of an asteroid impact. This exercise they have discussed it represented the third on in the series hosted by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and NASA.
The simulation process was designed to enforce the bond created between these two agencies which have Administration direction to launch the US response. Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, has argued that a scenario like this is not impossible. We just need to be prepared to face it.
He also claimed that we should be grateful for having access to this advanced technology which will be able to predicate such an event by continuously developing observations. This exercise was meant to draw up a forum for the science community of the world to inform the how the data will be collected, examined and shared regarding a possible asteroid impact.
The managers responsible for the good development of the program have planned how the data would be analyzed and used to organize public warning, preparations and response to the impact of the asteroid on Earth. Crag Fugate, who is the Administrator of FEMA, has asserted that it is significant to practice these types of low-probability scenarios, helping us to be aware of possible danger. It is better to be over-prepared for a situation like this than only to see it as an impossible scenario.
The people who attended to this kind of exercise were members from NASA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, FEMA, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the US Air Force. The simulation was bound to fake a possible asteroid impact four years from now. Scientists have presupposed that an asteroid, which was recently revealed this fall and which uncovers a 2% probability of hitting Earth, will impact our planet on September 20, 2020.
The hypothetical asteroid was measured to have between 100 and 250 meters, with the probability of hitting Earth in a narrow area that traversed the whole US. During the study, the scientists would have analyzed the asteroid for three months, the chance of hitting Earth increasing to 65%. After four more months, the results would have unveiled that the possibility of an asteroid impact would have risen to 100%.
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