US Explosive Russell Switzerland accused NASA of refusing to fund a space telescope that would help increase the discovery of potentially dangerous asteroids for the Earth.
"It's a critical telescope for detection that protects life on Earth and is ready to start work," the Business Insider airline said during an event called the "Ecumenical Summit" held in New York.
It is a small observatory equipped with a powerful infrared camera known as NEOCam (Object Camera close to Earth).
According to the media, the designers presented the NASA mission several times. Although the project has received "several million here and there" and continues its development, the US space agency refuses to fully fund it, claiming it "is not very focused on science".
"For the love of God, sign it as the main program, do not put into another science game, this is a public security program," a member of the mission Apollo 9 called.
In 1908, a meteorite with a diameter of about 60 to 190 meters that entered the atmosphere exploded at a height of 5 to 10 kilometers in the Siberian region of Tunguska with the power of a thermonuclear bomb and destroyed all the trees in one area. 2,000 square kilometers (two times greater than New York City).
And in 2013, another meteorite, about 20 meters in diameter, crashed near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, causing major damage to houses and buildings, resulting in more than 1,000 injuries.
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The high probability that these events continue to emerge led to the 2005 US Congress to assign NASA a mission to detect at least 90% of the 140 or more asteroids that could affect the planet. The deadline for achieving this goal is 2020.
"However, up to now, both terrestrial and space telescopes have discovered less than a third of these" nearby objects on Earth "(NEOs) and it is almost certain that NASA will not comply with the deadline," explains Business Insider
This means that, according to a report released by the White House in June this year, tens of thousands of these NEOs large enough to destroy the city have not yet been discovered.