NASA's plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid

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  • Published on:  Friday, December 8, 2017
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    65 million years ago, a large asteroid collided with Earth near present-day Chicxulub, Mexico. The impact was a climactic event that likely contributed to dinosaur extinction. Today, Earth remains vulnerable to asteroid collisions. In recent history, space rocks have landed in The United States, Russia, and elsewhere. In the event of a potential asteroid collision, NASA has developed several options for dealing with the threat. Researchers at NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies and Jet Propulsion Laboratory have proposed using blunt force, weaponized deflection or a theoretical tool called a gravity tractor to deflect impact. In addition to developing contingency plans, NASA scientists are also searching the sky for future asteroid threats.

    Sources:

    Source article: https://www.vox.com/a/asteroid-day
    Chicxulub impact information: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=8
    NASA JPL: https://www.nasa.gov/asteroid-and-comet-watch
    NASA asteroid tracking: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2017/4/18/how-nasa-studies-and-tracks-asteroids-near-and-far/
    NASA Center for Near Earth Object Studies: https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/
    Congressional hearing on asteroids: https://www.c-span.org/video/?311602-1/threats-asteroids-meteors

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  • Vox
    Vox  1 months ago +438

    On Thursday, July 25, 2019, an asteroid called 2019 OK, traveling at almost 15 miles a second, came unusually close to impacting Earth. The asteroid passed by about 43,500 miles away — closer to Earth than our moon is.


    Why didn’t we see it coming? Read more from Vox: http://bit.ly/32UKI5m

  • Jacob Rea
    Jacob Rea  5 hours ago

    Why am I getting the feeling of watching stranger things here

  • Art With Yellow
    Art With Yellow  5 hours ago

    Creppy

  • RagingTubbyYT Recovered

    Why does the "use a laser to cut a asteroid" reminds me of A tom and jerry episode when tom used super saiyan to destroy a giant asteroid

  • Lúd
    Lúd  9 hours ago +1

    it's not a small chance. It WILL INEVITABLY happen sooner or later !

  • Leigh Richaca
    Leigh Richaca  21 hours ago

    i imagine some sort of a wall, covering the earth to avoid asteroids, and also lessen the effect of the sun to all people, i kinda imagine that wall as translucent to not cover all sunlight but minimize it instead, as it also protects us from asteroid and meteoroid. i hope you all get what i mean.

  • SUB TO PEWDIEPIE NOT ME

    Just make a giant force field over earth after we go to mars

  • Hankbreath Deluxe

    Bring it. Wipe the slate clean.

  • Born2Sing
    Born2Sing  yesterday

    What happens if it was just a normal day, then one day while you were pooping, an asteroid hit, your house was damaged so bad then you were still there pooping while you're neighbors was watching you.

  • Classic Claire
    Classic Claire  yesterday

    At least if you DID get hit but just hurt or injured, you could tell people, "On this? Yeah, I got hit by a meteor."

  • Pixelate Entertainment

    Ok hold up why can’t asternots to destroy it with a drill machine lol

  • A long time ago we made it to paradise.

    That ladies story in the begining has me wondering if she was attacked by someone who wanted to harm her in her sleep and she claimed it to be a meteorite. I'm not convinced by her story since there's too many things that can be the result of what happened to her; all having to do with either a freak accident or something intentional. I don't believe a meteorite hit russia, that's just silly at best. As for the title: "NASA's plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid"

    Me: 😂😂 silly Nasa.

    Nasa: 😋

  • Nietzsche Darwin
    Nietzsche Darwin  2 days ago +1

    Please fail

  • Jen Gogola
    Jen Gogola  2 days ago

    If the Avengers are true then maybe they save the earth

  • Mars
    Mars  2 days ago

    Now this just isn't that true is it?

  • Kenny Mun
    Kenny Mun  2 days ago

    Just make Tess Holiday eat them.

  • To Be Announced
    To Be Announced  2 days ago

    “Description: Don’t Panic”

    *Panics*

  • Apple
    Apple  3 days ago

    Yet we worry about a rock but not about pollution and plastic waste its a shame that we have let the Earth get to the point it is now, its upsetting and revolting.

  • Angelou James Yu
    Angelou James Yu  3 days ago

    Gravity Gun is OK

  • Golden Sparrow
    Golden Sparrow  4 days ago

    Did someone not really think that overpopulation of mosquitoes can end the earth as well. No explosions, just a bite.