NASA prepares for apocalypse with five day ‘doomsday’ roleplay rehearsing plan if huge 31,000mph asteroid was

NASA prepares for apocalypse with five day ‘doomsday’ roleplay rehearsing plan if huge 31,000mph asteroid was

The Sun·2019-04-27 05:58

NASA is preparing for a possible doomsday by rehearsing what would happen if an asteroid was hurtling to Earth.The space agency along with other international organisations will play out over five days how those groups would react to a possible apocalypse. In the Nasa scenario a comet is found to be hurtling towards Earth and it wants to see how various organisations respondThe scenario of a huge asteroid hurtling towards our planet at 31,000mph is meant to be as realistic as possible and has been devised by a division of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory which has been tasked with studying near-earth objects (NEOs).The exercise is to see how fast and effectively the organisations react.Lindley Johnson, NASA's Planetary Defence Officer, said: "These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defence community to understand what our colleagues on the disaster management side need to know."This exercise will help us develop more effective communications with each other and with our governments."The space agency has been scanning the skies for more than 20 years, looking for NEOs.NEOs are seen as any objects that orbit the sun and come within 30million miles of Earths orbit.While an asteroid strike may seem like the work of a Hollywood movie the threat is real.In February 2013 a meteor blazed across the sky above Chelyabinsk in the southern Ural mountains and was the largest recorded meteor strike since events in Tunguska in 1908.More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave triggered by the explosion which was equivalent to 20 times the size of the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima.The table top exercise begins with the premise that on March 26, astronomers discovered an asteroid that could be hazardous to Earth.In the simulation, NASA claims the asteroid poses a one in 100 chance of impacting with Earth.The exercise will see how the various organisations would handle the situation and what the best course of action would be. The hit movie Armageddon was centred on a mission to divert an asteroid away from EarthCredit: Kobal Collection - Rex FeaturesThe Manicouagan impact crater in Quebec is a reminder asteroids have crashed into Earth in the pastCredit: International Space StationCredit: NASANASA is conducting planetary defence drills to see what would happen if an apocalyptic space rock was heading straight for EarthWe pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.


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