After the cosmic rock hits the Earth’s surface, the daily life of all mankind will change dramatically. Even if it is a small asteroid, the consequences could be dire for the entire planet. Immediate death of thousands of people and long-term isolation, limited access to food or water for all survivors.
The restrictions related to the CoVID-19 pandemic will be nothing but what may lie ahead. NASA is aware of the fact that such an event will take place. It is only a matter of time. So we have less and less time to prepare to survive this cataclysm.
The Agency has prepared the Planetary Defense Conference Exercise for the second time, i.e. a simulation of an asteroid collision with the Earth and possible scenarios of operation. According to the simulation, the object is to hit the territory of Austria, and Poland will also be in the field of impact.
A fictitious scenario predicts that on April 19, 2021, an asteroid with a magnitude of 21.5 was spotted, and that its existence was confirmed by 100 percent the next day. It was immediately named 2021 PDC. The Sentry JPL asteroid detection system and the CLOMON system analyzed the object’s trajectory and set several future dates when this asteroid could potentially hit Earth.
The most likely impact date is October 20, 2021. Unfortunately, mankind will have too little time to prepare, as only six months remain from detection to impact. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel as the chance of hitting is only 5 percent.
Subsequent observations of the 2021 PDC object showed that we are dealing here with a rock with a diameter of 140 to 250 meters. It is intended to hit an area of 800 by 250 kilometers. The destruction will affect the area within a radius of 250 kilometers from the impact site. Scientists’ calculations showed that hitting the Earth will directly affect the lives of one million people, but the catastrophe will take on a global dimension.
What’s next? NASA has made all the data on this space rock available, and further action is already on the side of the authorities of the European Union and the countries covered by the threat alert. Nevertheless, all governments need to prepare an appropriate plan in which they prepare themselves properly for action.
Currently in the world, the largest restrictions related to the CoVID-19 pandemic are in force in Europe. Does it have to do with NASA simulation? Interestingly, an American agency conducted a similar simulation two years ago. The target of the asteroid impact was New York. Unfortunately, despite the preparation of a solid evacuation plan, it was not possible to save this metropolis at that time. Millions of people died, and the entire world plunged into chaos that ended in war.
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