Whose job is it to prevent Armageddon? | Politico


NASA is prepared to blast a spacecraft into an asteroid at 16,000 mph in an unprecedented attempt to sway it off track. However, the one-year mission, which will begin on Nov. 24, raises a fundamental conundrum for scientists and security experts: whose job is it to guard the world against a potentially life-ending piece of rock if one were to come our way? Right now, the answer is no one. A huge asteroid striking Earth is a “once in a millennium type of event,” according to NASA. Each year, the space agency uses modern telescopes and other stargazing methods to uncover thousands of previously unseen “near-Earth objects” with orbits that will someday bring them into our galactic neighborhood. 

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/20/global-planetary-defense-earth-asteroids-523072 


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