Could the same nuclear tactics be used this year to save NY?
But even eight simulated years of preparation weren't enough for scientists and engineers to deflect the killer asteroid successfully.
66 million years ago an asteroid struck this peninsula 66 million years ago and wiped out most life on Earth.
The latest edition began Monday near Washington, with the following alert: an asteroid roughly 100 to 300 meters (330 to 1,000 feet) in diameter had been spotted and according to rough calculations had a one percent chance of hitting the Earth on April 29, 2027. During the one week of the conference, the group that consisted of around 200 astronomers, engineers, and emergency response specialists were given information and made decisions in an attempt to save Earth from an asteroid making a beeline for the planet.
NASA launched a probe in 2021 to examine the threat up close. Astronomers confirmed by December the same year that the asteroid was headed straight for Denver - nearly certainly destroying it in the process. The astronomers defended the NEOCam space telescope project, which would allow scientists to better understand asteroids and improve plans for potential impacts.
After three years of building and waiting for a good launch window, three impactors hit the asteroid successfully. The impacts were set for August 2024.
Pointing out that if that test results in an asteroid that wasn't going to hit Earth being nudged on to a collision course, a simple "oops" won't "cover it", the journalist suggested a different course of actions in case of an imminent asteroid impact. The main body was deflected, but a smaller fragment broke off and continued on a deadly path, this time towards the eastern US. The rock, then 60-meters in size (about 197 feet), was over Manhattan.
With six months to go, experts could only predict that the asteroid was headed to the NY area. With two months to go, it is confirmed the city will be destroyed.
Here's what's scary about this asteroid simulation exercise: The space rock would enter Earth's atmosphere at 43,000 mph and explode to bits 9.3 miles above Central Park.
It will destroy everything within a 15 kilometer "unsurvivable" radius, scientists said.
Windows as far as 28 miles away could shatter and damage would extend to a radius of 42 miles from the centre of the blast, the trial showed. "This exercise is valuable in that it continues the work now in progress to identify key questions and issues for this low probability but high outcome scenario". Some of the problems that the experts discussed during the conference include evacuation, displacement, citizen lives, insurance, legal, and many more. Furthermore, how would citizens behave in an apocalyptic-like scenario?
Victoria Andrews, NASA planetary defence department, said: "If you knew your home was going to be destroyed six months from now, and that you weren't going back again, would you keep paying your mortgage?" For instance, Alissa Haddaji, who coordinated the worldwide space lawyers who tackled legal issues in these scenarios, pointed out that the United States saved Denver at the expense of NY.