Asteroid Collision Warning Issued by NASA’s Administrator Jim Bridenstine

SHARE

Recently, Jim Bridenstine has announced the world that he had issued a warning that an asteroid is expected to collide with our home planet. Jim Bridenstine, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as of April 2018. Before being an Administrator, he had been part of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

What are the chances of an asteroid impact?

Bridenstine declared that, while the asteroid impact is not expected to happen any time soon, the matter is “about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life – and that is the planet Earth” and that “ this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about the movies”.

The asteroid collision is expected to happen sometime in the next century.

It is worth mentioning that Jim Bridenstine was nominated by Donald Trump as NASA’s Administrator without Bridenstine having any qualification in science and aeronautics. The Administrator graduated Rice University with majors in Economics, Psychology and Business and later in life became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s 1st district. He is also part of the group of people that deny that climate change is

At the moment, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is being planned and developed. The main goal of DART is to give it a try and divert the path of asteroids and other celestial objects that might threaten to hit the surface of Earth. The space agency is optimistic that they will be able to utilize a special spacecraft and test DART two years from now. In 2022, NASA hopes to succeed in redirecting an asteroid off its orbit. The guinea pigs will be the Didymos asteroid that presently orbits the Sun.

Didymos has less than a kilometer in diameter and is one of the few binary asteroids known (didymos means ‘twin’ in Greek). It was classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid and as a NEO (near-Earth object).


SHARE

Related Posts