NASA Has a Plan to Defend Earth Against Asteroid Impacts


Artist’s illustration of a large asteroid headed for Earth. Credit: ESA
NASA has a plan to protect the Earth from death by asteroid, and the space agency will unveil it to the world today (June 20). But don’t panic yet, NASA says there’s no known asteroid threat right now.

By Tariq Malik | SPACE.com

In a 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) teleconference today, NASA scientists will roll out a new report on the space agency’s strategy for tracking, and potentially deflecting, near-Earth asteroids that might one day pose a threat to our planet. You can follow the NASA asteroid defense webcast live here, courtesy of NASA Live.

The report, called the “National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan,“ lays out what NASA will do over the next 10 years to safeguard the Earth from potentially dangerous near-Earth objects (NEOs). [Potentially Dangerous Asteroids in Images]

„While no known NEOs currently pose significant risks of impact, the report is a key step to addressing a nationwide response to any future risks.“ NASA officials said in a statement.

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