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NASA claims there is a 72% chance of an asteroid hitting Earth on this day- Details


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JLP) is responsible for carefully monitoring near-Earth objects such as asteroids, comets, etc. This agency studies the close approach orbits of our planet and classify them as hazardous or non-hazardous objects. Since there are several asteroids of different sizes that pass by Earth every day, experts have determined that one such asteroid has a 72% chance of hitting Earth in the coming years. Know more about asteroid encounters.

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Asteroid crashes into Earth

According to NASA’s fifth Asteroid Impact Exercise summary report, there is a 72% chance that an asteroid will hit Earth in nearly 14 years. The research team conducted a hypothetical experiment to explore the risks, opportunities and response options for potential threats when space objects collide with Earth. β€œA large asteroid collision may be the only natural disaster that humanity has the technology to predict years in advance and take action,” said Lindley Johnson, honorary planetary protection officer at NASA. To prevent”.

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During testing, the team discovered a never-before-seen asteroid that will collide with Earth in the future. However, scientists were unable to determine the asteroid’s “size, composition and long-term orbit.” However, information about this asteroid was extracted from NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission. It was also emphasized that kinetic impactors could be used to change the orbit of the asteroid.

Additionally, the summary also emphasizes that currently, agencies have limited resources to plan and execute space missions as part of disaster management. Furthermore, this concern requires global attention and coordination, due to limited time. On the other hand, NASA asked them to have time to prepare and respond. On the other hand, the space agency is also working on the NEO Surveyor (Near Earth Object Surveyor) scheduled to launch in 2028.

What is a NEO (Near Earth Object Surveyor) Surveyor?

NEO Surveyor is an infrared space telescope for tracking and studying potentially dangerous near-Earth objects. The telescope is expected to be able to detect asteroids years before they can collide.

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