NASA Chief Warns Asteroid Collision Threat Should Be Taken Seriously

NASA Chief Warns Asteroid Collision Threat Should Be Taken Seriously

Head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, warned that the threat of an asteroid collision is more common than people believe, and must, therefore, be taken seriously.

During NASA’s planetary defense conference exercises, Bridenstine explained the space agency’s strategy should the collision occur, saying that it would consist in either evacuating the area that the asteroid is expected to hit, or deflecting the asteroid.

He noted that NASA's first step will be to precisely measure the object's speed and trajectory.

Bridenstine referred to three devastating asteroid impacts which had taken place in the past, such as the meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013 which was the largest object to hit Earth since the Tunguska event of 1908.

Source: Kataeb.org