Currently, there is no technology on Earth that can stop a large asteroid from wiping out Europe, according to a simulation by a leading space agency.
The week-long workout led by Nasa concluded that disaster would be inevitable even after six months of preparation.
The impact scenario, which emerged during the United Nations’ organized planetary defense conference, proved that governments were not prepared for this type of disaster.
“If faced with real-life situations, we will not be able to launch any spacecraft on a short notice with current capabilities,” the participants said.
The only response to such events is the evacuation of the area before the asteroid strikes, however, the impact zone is in most regions of North Africa and Europe.
“Every time we take part in this kind of training, we learn more about who played a key role in catastrophic events and who needs information and when,” said planet defense officer Lindley Johnson. Nasa’s said
“Ultimately, these exercises will help the planetary defense community communicate with one another and with our governments to ensure that we all work together if we identify potential threats posing in the future.”
In response to news of the failure, SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the lack of a solution was “one of the reasons we need larger and higher rockets.”
SpaceX recently entered into a $ 2.89 billion contract with Nasa to develop the next-generation Starship spacecraft that is being built to transport people and goods around the solar system.
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Together with the Super Heavy Rocket Booster, SpaceX claims that the Starship will be “the world’s most powerful rocket launcher ever developed” and could theoretically be used to aid missions designed to divert planets. Less headed for the world
Nasa is already working on asteroid deflection technology and is planning to launch the first asteroid deflection test (DART) mission in late 2021, before reaching the Asteroid Dimorphos in the fall. Year 2022
The mission will try to change the orbit of the asteroid, and it is hoped that there will be proof that such mitigation strategies can be used for future Near-Earth Hazardous Objects (NEOs).
“DART will be the first test for planetary protection, and the data returned after it affects dimorphs will help scientists understand one way we can mitigate the potentially dangerous NEO discovered in the future. Better, ”said Andrea Riley, DART project manager at Nasa.
“Although the asteroid DART will not affect the Earth. But it is perfectly positioned for us to test this technology before it actually goes into existence. ”
Nasa is currently tracking about 25,000 NEOs, and new discoveries are being added at a rate of about 30 each week.