Earth-Altering Asteroid Strike Threat is REAL, NASA Chief WARNS

NASA to simulate a massive doomsday asteroid scenario

NASA to simulate a massive doomsday asteroid scenario

"We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it's not about the movies", Bridenstine said.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told the group that a meteor that struck in 2013, injuring hundreds of people and damaging buildings over a large area in Russian Federation, was an example of the danger.

Big asteroid impacts aren't just for dinosaurs. "But we do, and we need to use it", Bridenstine added, attempting to portray planetary defense on the same level as a return trip to the Moon.

"This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life and that is the planet Earth".

NASA is developing its first planetary-defense mission called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART. "This exercise will help us develop more effective communications with each other and with our governments".

The Centre for Near Earth Object Studies monitors NEOs that come within 50 million kilometres of the planet and what to do if it happens.

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Bridenstine said we mustn't think asteroids are merely the stuff of Hollywood movies like Deep Impact.

In February 2013, a meteor blazed across the sky above Chelyabinsk in the southern Ural mountains and was the largest recorded meteor strike since events in Tunguska in 1908.

More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave triggered by the explosion which was equivalent to 20 times the size of the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima.

Last week, NASA announced that it had teamed up with global partners to perform a "tabletop exercise" on how to handle a hypothetical asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

When it comes to planetary defense, NASA is not sitting on its haunches, having taken several steps to protect Earth by detecting and tracking near-Earth Objects, also known as NEOs.

NASA, FEMA, and other agencies will conduct a defense drill at the conference, showing what would happen if an asteroid was on a collision course with the Earth.

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