Sunday , April 18 2021

NASA will simulate the impact of asteroids or comets on Earth

Experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, commonly known as NASA (for an acronym in English) they will meet from Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3 in Maryland (USA), for work on a simulation of the asteroid approach, detected on March 26 and classified as potentially dangerous.

At a meeting called the "Planetary Defense Conference", it was they will carry out massage exercises with a scenario of fictitious influence from objects close to Earth (NEO, for its acronym in English), developed by the Neo Study Center of the NASA Laboratory for Dip Laboratory.

After several months of monitoring, 2019 PDC is the name of the asteroid prototype of the simulation which has a 1% chance of hitting Earth in 2027 because it will go to 0.05 astronomical units (each unit is equal to the distance between the Earth and the Sun, 149,597,871 kilometers).

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According to recreation, the 2019 PDC is located at 57 million kilometers, but is approaching nearly 50,000 kilometers per hour and is getting brighter.

These conditions they force specialists to assess possible preparations on mitigation missions.

Practice offers important insights

For Lindley Johnson, from NASA's Planetary Defense Office, these exercises are really useful and important and offer experts in the "disaster management they need to know" in order to "develop more effective communications between us and our governments," he added.

Another scenario for evaluation

Space agency specialists they will also assess the possible comet threat discovered on April 4, according to a fictional scheme in which it could affect the Earth on February 28, 2021.

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In addition to NASA and its Planetary Defense Coordination Office, representatives of the US State and Defense Departments will attend the trial. UU and the International Asteroid Warning Network, among other agencies.

On the other hand, in the same context, China has been launched in the asteroid race and will send an inquiry into the return of samples and bring them to Earth, imitating missions already carried out by space agencies of Europe, the United States and Japan.

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