Bad weather doesn’t only only happen on Earth. With talk of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s, Obama just announced a plan for handling bad weather in space that is meant to protect us on earth, and in the great beyond.
By Madison Margolin | MOTHERBAORD
Obama put forth a few goals in an executive order in case disaster strikes. He said space weather could threaten entire continents.To minimize the harms, especially in regard to economic and human impact, the government should be able to predict space weather events, alert the public, and execute the necessary response protocols.
For instance, he said in the statement, the Secretary of Energy should test devices to protect and restore power grids if they go down, while NASA administrators must continue to research the relationship between Earth, the sun, and space. Meanwhile, if disaster does occur, the Secretary of Commerce should provide forecasts and warnings, and the Secretary of Defense should offer provisions.
„Extreme space weather events—those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure—could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, health care, and transportation,” he said.