Meteors capable of wiping away areas the size of United States states are being called a “real threat” by NASA officials.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, while speaking at the Planetary Defense Conference, warned people and governments aren’t taking meteor strikes with enough seriousness. He described society’s current state of awareness as being more about Hollywood movies than reality.
“This is not about Hollywood, this is not about movies, this is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life,” he said via NBC News.
Bridenstine used the example of the 2013 meteorite that tore apart above a Russian community. In that case, 1,500 people were injured and several structures were severely damaged.
Bridenstine says the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor exploded with “30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.”
“I wish I could tell you that these events are exceptionally unique, but they are not,” Bridenstine said. “These events are not rare — they happen. It’s up to us to make sure that we are characterizing, detecting, tracking all of the near-Earth objects that could be a threat to the world.”
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 29, 2019
Bridenstine says that although data shows meteor impact events only happen once every 60 years, that three major meteorite crashes occurred during the last 100 years.
Last year, the U.S. government created a plan to help NASA track threatening meteorites. But Bridenstine says that while it’s a good step, it’s not enough.
“We’re only about a third of the way there,” he said. “We want more international partners that can join us in this effort. We want more systems on the face of the Earth that can detect and track these objects, and we want to be able to feed all of that data into one single operating system so that ultimately, we have the best, most accurate data that we can possibly get.”
NASA has also stated that a 2135 asteroid hit may be inevitable for the earth. Please check out our asteroid survival guide for more information on what you can do. Also, make sure your preppers list is always a work in progress.
Author: Jim Satney
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