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NASA reveals its new asteroid protection plan


Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

How ready are we to deal with an impending asteroid strike ? Image Credit: NASA
A new 18-page document outlines how NASA and FEMA will approach the threat of an apocalyptic asteroid strike.
The report, which is known as the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan, details the specific objectives that the agencies will work towards over the next ten years.

"This plan is an outline not only to enhance the hunt for hazardous asteroids, but also to better predict their chances of being an impact threat well into the future and the potential effects that it could have on Earth," NASA's planetary defence officer Lindley Johnson told reporters.

The plan's five major objectives are:
  1. Enhance our ability to detect, track and characterize near-Earth asteroids.
  2. Improve our ability to predict whether any given space rock will hit the Earth.
  3. Develop new and more effective ways to deflect incoming asteroids.
  4. Improve international co-operation and awareness.
  5. Develop appropriate emergency procedures to be used in the event of an imminent strike.
"Implementing the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan will greatly increase our nation's readiness... to effectively respond, should a new, potential asteroid impact be detected," said Johnson.

The entire plan can be viewed on the White House's website - here.

Source: Space.com | Comments (12)

Tags: Asteroid, Earth

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 21 June, 2018, 19:39
It would surprise me because it would have no military value at all.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 21 June, 2018, 19:49
Needs to be done, but will congress fund it, along with his Space Force.   (Imperial March from Star Wars plays in the background. ) . 
Comment icon #5 Posted by RoofGardener on 21 June, 2018, 19:59
Ummm.... the potential to control orbital kinetic weapons (rocks) would have no military value ?   
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 on 21 June, 2018, 20:18
A spacecraft that could land on or catch and redirect a small asteroid (like the one that blew up over Russia a few years ago) to strike a target area would be an insanely valuable weapon. No nuclear fallout, plausible deniability, nearly instant, indefensible, and extreme localized devastation. Assuming the project could work, and was kept top secret, of course. I think it could be possible. Not now, sure...But 50-100 years from now? Also, kinetic space weapons are already a military idea...The main problem, as I see it, is getting heavy tungsten rods (or something similar) up there. That's c... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nzo on 22 June, 2018, 5:40
They forgot to post #6.   6.) In the event that we detect a large rock that is on a collision course to earth, we ask that everyone take a seat in their most comfortable of chairs, place their heads between their legs snugly and securely. Then proceed to kiss your ass goodbye. Because we have no method of actually overcoming this challenge at the current moment. Maybe in 20 years, Fingers crossed that we will be ok for the next 20 years
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dark_Grey on 23 June, 2018, 3:38
NASA working together with a "Space Force" would increase their chances of deflecting, detecting and/or destroying an asteroid, no? As a branch of the military(?) I would think a Space Force would be granted more funding and access in general. If their aim is to dominate near Earth space, it's only a small hop to using that hardware for asteroid defence.
Comment icon #9 Posted by taniwha on 23 June, 2018, 4:18
When times up its up, simple.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 June, 2018, 7:46
The only word that makes any sense in your post is "insanely". These asteroids fly past the Earth at random times. That makes them totally useless as weapons. President of the USA: launch an attack on Russia using one of our weaponised asteroids. Space Force Commander: Straight away Mr. President. Moscow will be reduced to dust... in 3 years time!!! Not exactly a sane scenario for a nuclear power.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Calibeliever on 27 June, 2018, 17:04
Happy to see this getting attention and (hopefully) more funding. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 27 June, 2018, 17:07
Maybe if we start calling them undocumented orbital entities. "They aren't sending their best rocks into our atmosphere folks..." 


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