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NASA has prepared a contingency plan in case an asteroid collides with Earth

NASA has prepared a contingency plan in case an asteroid collides with Earth

What if an unprecedented asteroid was hurtling towards us and would likely collide with Earth?

A hypothesis was tested by NASA astronomers with a recent simulation of an asteroid that has a 72 percent chance of hitting Earth in just 14 years.

NASA employees presented their hypothesis to a group of nearly 100 government representatives, and most of the dozens of doomsday scenarios received had serious shortcomings.

“Theoretical gaps allowed participants to think seriously about the difficult situations for which humanity must prepare.”

However, Lindley Johnson, a planetary protection officer at NASA headquarters in Washington, added that a large asteroid impact would likely be the only natural disaster that humanity has the technology to prevent and predict for years.

“These results will help inform future exercises and studies so that NASA and other government agencies can improve planetary defense readiness,” Johnson said.

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