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Alert! Impact drill: a fictitious meteor will collide with the Earth

  • by Alba luz Leal

UNITED STATES.- For many years, it has been believed that a meteorite will strike the Earth. We can see it in countless movies that seem like a premonition. For this reason, NASA and ESA have started planning to simulate this “disaster”. In this way, it is planned to realize a hypothetical scenario to test the response systems of the Planet. In this sense, it should be noted that the goal is to be able to predict and act as soon as the “huge asteroid” arrives. It is for this reason that several countries have already acted in this area to simulate this disaster. And at the Planetary Defense Conference, held in Vienna, Australia, they sought to show whether the technology, systems and various institutions would be ready to face a real threat. The “threat” was located on a “2021 PDC” asteroid and is 57 million kilometers away. In addition, this object would pass close to Earth on October 20, 2021. But one fact that generated a large sting is that at first the probability of impact was low, but it increased over time. Because of this, they started to think of a scenario in which they should act. Likewise, he mentioned the need to pay attention to early detection systems. “Every time we participate in an exercise of this nature, we learn more about who the key actors in a disaster are, who needs to know what information and when,” said Lindley Johnson, planetary defense officer at The NASA. On the other hand, exercises of this type are also intended to boost the Double Asteroid Redirection (DART) mission. This aims to deflect meteorites to avoid possible impact with Earth. Finally, it was ruled out, for obvious reasons, that the meteorite would be destroyed by splitting it in half, as happens in the movies, so that a good number of movie stars will not see the action.