What happens if a big asteroid like in the movie "Armageddon" going to the Ground. Apparently, we are not prepared to deal with such disaster, said a renowned researcher Dr. Joseph Chickpeas with Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA.
Chickpeas made at a meeting with nuclear scientists in San Francisco on Monday, he discussed the problem of asteroids that threaten Earth. He expressed the theory that civilization ceases to exist after the next asteroid falls to the Ground. Gloomy predictions of the researcher were expressed at the annual meeting of the American geophysical Union. Nut noted that, while such a moment of catastrophic collisions a rarity in the history of the Earth, it is not impossible.
Chickpeas said that our planet was subjected to "intimate encounter" with a comet in 1996. Earlier this year astronomers caught another the same phenomenon. One of our closest planetary neighbors, Mars was a near-collision with a comet in 2014. What is especially worrying is the time that the comet was discovered in 22 months, before he flew near the red planet. If it was Earth 22 months would not be enough to prepare for impact.
Chickpeas have suggested that NASA could build "interceptor missiles" which can be placed in a new planetary defense. Ready to launch missiles that can be deployed "would reduce the possibility of hitting a "mean" of the asteroid," he said. Of course, this kind of mission would require the approval of Congress.
NASA established a Coordination Bureau of Planetary Defense (PDCO) earlier this year to coordinate efforts of tracking so-called near-Earth objects - asteroids and comets that can enter our cosmic neighborhood.
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