NASA discovered that, in the hypothetical event that the threat was noticed in time, six months is too short a period to prepare an effective response and avoid the catastrophe.
Madrid, May 29 (Europa Press) .- Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay, It is one of the most popular catastrophe films of the last decades and it is, despite the fact that history takes many licenses when it comes to recounting how the group of miners led by Bruce Willis y Ben Affleck Save the world. In fact, a new simulation open the asteroid impact It has shown that the script of the 1998 film can have a lot of hook … but it is also completely invented and is riddled with scientific inaccuracies and contradictions.
As reported Business Insider, the NASA has carried out a simulation to determine its ability to respond to a hypothetical asteroid crisis. To do this, they have recreated conditions in which a meteorite 35 million miles (56 million kilometers) away would take six months to reach Earth.
NASA discovered that, in the hypothetical event that the threat was noticed in time, six months is too short a period to prepare an effective response and avoid the catastrophe. The experts determined that there is no technology that currently could stop the meteorite in such a short time, and therefore the impact would be inevitable.
At Armageddon, Bruce Willis and his team of astronauts have to reach an asteroid the size of Texas in a record time of 18 days, with the intention of disintegrating it by placing explosive charges, which, as NASA points out, is completely impossible. pure science fiction.
NASA’s Manager of Near Earth Object Studies Paul Chodas has called the simulation “a brief warning scenario,” in which researchers were alerted to more than possible failure beforehand. In addition, they were not told how big the asteroid was until a week before the hypothetical impact, which further complicated the preparation of an effective response.
While a 35-meter asteroid could possibly explode on contact with the atmosphere and its fragments and shock waves could reach a neighborhood, a 500-meter meteorite could devastate a territory the size of France. The Texas-sized asteroid of Armageddon would be cataclysmic and nearly impossible to destroy. Not even by Bruce Willis.
Fortunately, NASA continues to develop technology to prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth. Among these future emergency measures are different methods to destroy the asteroid and / or alter its trajectory with explosives, as in Armageddon, laser devices and even a spacecraft designed to ram space rocks. Additionally, NASA intends to launch an infrared telescope called the Near-Earth-Object (NEO) Surveyor into Earth’s orbit by 2026 and thus augment NASA’s early warning system.