UNITED STATES.- The uncertainty about a possible impact of a asteroid on the Land it continues to be one of the most discussed topics in the scientific community. Recently, the POT did an experiment to simulate a possible collision during the planetary defense conference organized by the UN. And the result is really catastrophic and quite disheartening.
Therefore, they detailed that currently there is no technology to prevent a massive asteroid from impacting the planet, so it was stressed that the various governments are not prepared for a potential disaster. “If we face the scenario in real life, with current capabilities we could not launch any spacecraft in such a short time,” they revealed.
The simulation also showed that in the event that an asteroid made its way to Earth, the team of experts would need years to prepare. In addition, the manager of the Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects of the POT, Paul Chodas, pointed out that five years would be the minimum term. Also the MIT astronomer Richard Binzel, revealed that it would be at least a decade.
For his part, Elon Musk, head of SpaceX, said that the problem with all this lies in the solutions and therefore “one of the many reasons why we need bigger and more advanced rockets,” he expressed through his account official Twitter. In addition, everything indicates that the “Starship” spacecraft, developed in conjunction with NASA, would be ideal to carry out this type of mission.
Also, the POT it continues working on its technological projects to deflect asteroids and the first test mission is expected to take place in 2021. Thus, based on the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), it will seek to modify the orbit of the asteroid “Dimorphos”. Therefore, it is expected that this could be the prelude to an efficient strategy to prevent disasters of this type.