According to NASA, Earth is due for another extinction-level event, such as an asteroid, or a comet. In their reports, they claim that if something like this were to occur, we would not be prepared for the encounter and there would be nothing we could do to prevent such an event.
An award-winning scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Joseph Nuth explained during the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco that preparations should be made for the possibility of an extinction level event. He went on to say that typically events of this degree took place about 50-60 million years apart from one another, but maintained that this information could not be considered dependable as with any natural disaster, they are random.
To make matters worse, according to Nuth, we are nowhere near being prepared for such an event.
His suggestion is for NASA to build two new spacecraft. One of which would work to intercept, and the other would observe. If a comet, or an asteroid were to make their way close enough to Earth, the interceptor could be armed with a massive nuclear bomb to thwart the threat before it made its way into the Earth’s atmosphere.
In order for this to work effectively, Nuth states that the reaction time for NASA, which is usually around 5 years, would need to be reduced. Of course, NASA would have to go to Congress with such a request.
While Nuth is not in the administration of NASA, he maintains that his advice is simply of a scientific nature. Just two years ago we had a very close encounter with a comet that passed just within cosmic “spitting distance” of Mars. It was only discovered 22 months before it nearly collided with Mars. “If you look at the schedule for high-reliability spacecraft and launching them, it takes five years to launch a spacecraft,” Nuth said. “We had 22 months of total warning.”