Our world is in danger of an asteroid impact. This danger is serious because we don’t have the proper protection against asteroids.
The space agency has established a Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) which is working on ways to protect the world from asteroids.
Without a discernible pattern of where asteroids hit, NASA and other space agencies around the globe have little way of preparing.
However, William Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has warned that there is almost a third of a chance that it could hit land, which could have catastrophic repercussions.
He added that the world is collectively lacking in surveillance of potentially hazardous asteroids.
The revelation that there is insufficient protection for us against asteroids comes weeks after the organisers of Asteroid Day warned that not enough is being done.
Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories and one of the founders of Asteroid Day, said: “An event like Chelyabinsk happens about once every 50 years, and we don’t have a system designed to discover and track these things.”