NASA’s new mission to protect Earth from Near Earth Objects (NEOs) has secured funding. This new project, called the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission, will ensure our planet from asteroids that pose a danger. The financing consists of a total of $35.6million.
NASA to protect the Earth from Asteroids
President Donald Trump signs shutdown-averting spending bills makes federal pay raise law, which provides for NASA an additional $22.6billion. From this additional funding, $2.7billion will go to NASA’s planetary science that will be used to finance the new project.
NASA wants to send a new satellite in space, incorporated with an infrared camera, that will hunt for possible dangerous Near Earth Objects. NASA’s duty will be to identify which objects in the Earth’s vicinity are at least 140 meters in diameter, as well as determine the effect it will have on our planet: regional or global impact.
“This mission would answer a fundamental question: Are there asteroids or comets out there that can cause harm to the Earth over the next century?” said Amy Mainzer, from the University of Arizona, the leadership that will run The Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission.
The purpose of this new NASA project
Greg Leonard, a senior researcher at the NASA, financed Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) and one of the top scientists, raised red flags regarding a giant asteroid that possibly hit the Earth if the leaders do not take action. The consequences will be absolutely devastating.
It looks like every year, a fair big asteroid the size of a car, enter our atmosphere, but eventually burns up without causing any damages. However, the impact of a more massive asteroid can be disastrous for humanity.
Mr. Leonard commented: “I also know that if we do nothing, sooner or later, there’s a one hundred percent chance that one will get us. So I feel privileged to be doing something.”