NASA chief warns meteors are a threat to the planet

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NASA chief warns meteors are threat to planet

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Date: 2019-05-01T06:46:12+00:00
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NASA head issues meteor warning, calls for cooperation to meet threat

Meteors that could destroy an entire U.S. state are a real threat to Earth, NASA’s chief warned on Monday.

Bridenstine pointed to the meteorite that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, which had ’30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima’ and injured around 1,500 people. Just 16 hours after the crash, NASA detected an even larger object that approached the earth but did not land on it, he revealed.

‘I wish I could tell you that these events are exceptionally unique, but they are not,’ Bridenstine said. ‘These events are not rare ‘ they happen. It’s up to us to make sure that we are characterizing, detecting, tracking all of the near-Earth objects that could be a threat to the world.’

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NASA Chief Warns Asteroid Threat Is Real: ‘It’s Not About Movies’

Asteroids could very well hit Earth in the near future and cause widespread destruction, according to NASA.

NASA’s administrator emphasized the significance of planetary defense in protecting people against’possible asteroid and comet impacts’during his introductory speech at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference on April 29.

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Bridenstine shared his experience in his second month in Congress at the U.S. House of Representatives. He vividly described a huge asteroid that cut through the atmosphere and blasted over Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing flashes of heat and bright lights in the sky.

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Date: 2019-05-01T06:01:45-04:00
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NASA chief warns meteors are a threat to the planet

“It was brighter in the sky than the sun at that point when it entered Earth’s atmosphere. And people could feel the heat from this object from 62 kilometers away,” Bridenstine said.

“When it finally exploded 18 miles above the surface…it had…30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima,” he said, adding it “damaged buildings in six cities.”

More than 4,000 buildings, mostly apartment blocks, were damaged and 200,000 square meters (77,220 square miles) of glass were broken, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported then, citing the Chelyabinsk regional emergencies ministry.


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Date: 2019-05-01T01:59:10
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