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Nasa spent the last month preparing for an asteroid impact

Nasa spent the last month preparing for an asteroid impact

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Apparently the US space agency has been working on a hypothetical response to an impact in North Carolina.

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Thankfully, the ‘substantial regional damage’ that would ensue is only part of a first-ever simulation designed to assess America’s ability to respond effectively to an asteroid impact threat to Earth.

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The government agencies, along with other federal, state and local agencies, convened for the fourth iteration of the so-called Planetary Defense Interagency Tabletop Exercise.

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DART, which is currently on its way to a well-known asteroid that is not a threat to Earth, will squarely impact the moon of the asteroid to change its motion in space

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‘An asteroid impact to our planet is potentially the only natural disaster humanity is capable of accurately predicting and preventing,’ added Johnson.

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‘Conducting exercises of this nature enable government stakeholders to identify and resolve potential issues before real-world actions to respond to an actual asteroid impact threat would ever be needed.’

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