NASA Identifies Asteroid with 72% Chance of Earth Impact

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.24 - 2024 10:32 AM CET

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NASA has discovered a potentially hazardous asteroid.

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NASA Highlights Potential Asteroid Threat

NASA has discovered a potentially hazardous asteroid with a 72% chance of impacting Earth, exposing possible gaps in the preparedness for such an event, reports Ziare.

During their regular exercises to study the potential threats from dangerous asteroids colliding with Earth, NASA scientists monitor asteroids that come relatively close to our planet.

One of these is approximately 7.5 million kilometers from Earth. These asteroids, remnants from the formation of the solar system, come in various sizes and shapes, are located at different distances from the Sun, and often contain metals.

Valuable Insights from NASA's New Exercises

NASA's new exercises provided valuable insights into the risks, response options, and opportunities for cooperation in different scenarios. NASA stated that a large asteroid hitting Earth could cause a major disaster, but there is technology available to help predict such events and take measures to prevent them.

The exercise revealed key challenges in preparing for such a threat, including decision-making processes, limited readiness for the rapid launch of necessary space missions, and timely global coordination of messages.

Currently, around 30,000 known asteroids are in Earth's vicinity, with 850 of them being larger than 1 km. According to NASA, these do not pose a threat to our planet in the next 100 years.

However, scientists closely monitor potentially hazardous asteroids that could come very close to Earth, potentially causing these space rocks to fall onto the planet.

DART Mission Demonstrates Planetary Defense

NASA's DART mission successfully demonstrated planetary defense technology against potentially dangerous asteroids by altering the orbit of a near-Earth space rock.

This exercise underscored the importance of continued vigilance and advancements in technology to mitigate the risks posed by asteroids.

The findings emphasize the need for improved decision-making processes, rapid deployment capabilities for space missions, and efficient global communication to ensure timely and coordinated responses to any future threats.

The proactive measures taken by NASA highlight the critical importance of planetary defense in safeguarding Earth from potential asteroid impacts.