NASA is hosting media teleconference to discuss preps on countering Near-Earth Objects

Jun 20, 2018, 9:30 am

Aniruddha P.

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NASA has arranged for a media teleconference today, June 20 starting at 1 pm EDT, which will have a discussion on NEOs or Near-Earth Objects.

It involves an NEO preparedness report that details American plans for countering threats on earth by NEOs. There is no threat presently posed by the NEOs, but the report is believed to be a key step in addressing a nationwide response to future possible hazards.

Earlier this month, an asteroid named 2018 LA was spotted over Arizona. It crashed and burned in the atmosphere of earth a few hours after being discovered racing down to us. NASA said that this was a rather smaller object than what we are up against in the coming future.

While the unknown heavenly objects start rushing down to earth, raising panic among beings and running for safety, plannings such as that of NASA are essential as we look at the near future.

The report is titled: National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan. It nurtures on the actions aiming to develop the coordination with the Federal government. It envisions the next 10 years while addressing the NEO-posed threats.

Participants on behalf of NASA and the government are:

  • Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Coordination Office, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Aaron Miles, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington
  • Leviticus Lewis, National Response Coordination Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington

Any and every media intending to participate are invited by NASA to email names and affiliations to Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov or dial 202-358-0918 within noon today. Audio of the conference will be streamed live via https://www.nasa.gov/live.

You can also ask questions or contribute with your views via social media by using #askNASA.

Stay tuned with us to remain updated on the conclusions.

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