NASA conducted exercises on planetary defense

(ORDO NEWS) — More than 100 astronomers from 18 countries of the world took part in the international exercises of planetary protection from the collision of the Earth with asteroids.

A potentially dangerous object was excluded from the monitoring base so that scientists could rediscover it. Astronomers were able to re-establish the asteroid’s flight path, as well as estimate the chances of its collision with the Earth, which constantly changed as tests were carried out.

Coordinated by the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), the exercise confirmed that the international community is rapidly detecting and characterizing an asteroid.

This makes it possible to identify and assess the danger posed by these objects when approaching the Earth.

Last year, NASA and ESA astronomers teamed up for a similar exercise that simulated an asteroid-Earth impact scenario.

They found that with modern technology, humanity would be defenseless in the face of an asteroid impact with Earth if the asteroid was detected six months before the impact.

However, planetary defense technology is advancing rapidly, and missions such as DART, which aims to change the trajectory of an asteroid as well as demonstrate technology to hypothetically deflect a celestial body from colliding with our planet, will be in great demand in the future.

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