National Science and Technology Council recently released a report highlighting the issue of protection from the hazardous space rocks. National Aeronautics and Space Administration revealed that about ninety- five per cent of asteroids might possess a risk to our Earth. The remaining five per cent of the asteroids might possess a similar threat and fate as the asteroid that was responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs.
On account of the growing threats from the asteroids, experts claim that additional steps need to be taken for preventing such asteroid attack. While referring about the asteroid attack, the experts cited the incident of Tunguska as an alert.
The year 1908 marks the explosion of a small asteroid which occurred over Siberia’s Tunguska. The asteroid explosion ruined the Tunguska woodlands about eight hundred miles. Later it went undetected.
Later the asteroid explosion reports were collected and compiled by the NASA and White House authorities. The compilations state that if the asteroid explosion could have happened over the New York City, the city might have faced a mass killing.
The experts further add that if the size of the asteroid was similar to the Chicxulub asteroid, it was difficult to turn it around the other way.
Scientists believe that the uncertainties indicate that there is a need to concentrate more on the NEO protection research. NEO stands for near-Earth Object.
Lindley Johnson says, “Part of what this action plan is about is to investigate other technologies, techniques for both deflection and disruption of the asteroid. This is more about figuring out how to use those resources smartly.” Lindley Johnson is planetary defence minister at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.