posted on Jun, 24 2013 @ 01:47 AM
How do you track down a million potentially hazardous asteroids that each have the capability to wipe out an entire city? That's what NASA needs to
do, which is why it has started a new initiative called the
Asteroid Grand Challenge
Scientists estimate that about 90 percent of asteroids that are 1 kilometer or larger—those that pose potential planet-wide danger—have been
surveyed. (The one that helped kill off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago is thought to have been nearly 10 kilometers in size.)
However, more than 99 percent of asteroids that are 30 to 40 meters in size—which might not destroy the planet, but could very easily wipe out a
city—have yet to be found and tracked.
That's why NASA asked for the public's help this week. Their goal? To find these dangerous asteroids and figure out what can be done to stop any
threats they pose.
"NASA already is working to find asteroids that might be a threat to our planet, and while we have found 95 percent of the large asteroids near the
Earth's orbit, we need to find all those that might be a threat to Earth," said NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. "This Grand Challenge is
focused on detecting and characterizing asteroids and learning how to deal with potential threats. We will also harness public engagement, open
innovation and citizen science to help solve this global problem."
Now, in case you didn't know, there are many amateur astronomers who are systematically looking for new asteroids (and finding them), some even
operating as part of a network. That NASA are turning to them for help is a good thing - the more eyes on the sky, the better. But ask yourself
Would NASA be asking for public help in finding and identifying potentially dangerous asteroids if they wanted to keep them secret to
prevent mass panic?
Looks like that conspiracy theory is biting the dust. "They" want us to help finding those asteroids.
edit on 24-6-2013 by wildespace because:
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