This is how NASA would respond to an asteroid impacting Earth

If an asteroid were ever to be come hurtling towards Earth, what would be the plan to stop it from impacting the planet? That’s the question NASA and its partners, including the European Space Agency and the U.S.’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are gathering at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in early May to investigate. SEE ALSO: Behold, the very bizarre Facebook auto-captions from NASA launch During the five day conference, NASA and its partners plan to engage in a “tabletop exercise” that simulates what would happen if scientists and authorities were to learn of a near-Earth Object (NEO) impact scenario. “A tabletop exercise of a simulated emergency commonly used in disaster management planning to help inform involved players of important aspects of a possible disaster and identify issues for accomplishing a successful response,” says NASA. In the exercise (detailed by the ESA here), NASA and its partners have to respond to a “realistic — but fictional — scenario” involving a NEO named “2019 PDC,” which has a 1 in 100 chance of impacting Earth in 2027. Each day of the #PlanetaryDefense Conference, a press release will be put out, updating participants on the hypothetical asteroid #2019PDC – now (hypothetically) hurtling towards Earth.??????☄️More on this year’s #ImpactScenario on the #rocketscience blog: — ESA Operations (@esaoperations) April 27, 2019 Armed with all of the hypothetical information about “2019 PDC,” the exercise is intended to see how the various organizations and governments would handle the situation as it unfolds. “The first step in protecting our planet is knowing what’s out there,” said Rüdiger Jehn, the ESA’s Head of Planetary Defence. “Only then, with enough warning, can we take the steps needed to prevent an asteroid strike altogether, or minimize the damage it …read more

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