NASA’s e-mails reveal a space agency is not aware of the “city-killer” asteroid until the last minute, ” He sneak up on us

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An internal email from NASA shows that the space agency was aware of the asteroid in 2019 at the latest, OK, has been described as a “city-killer” for the last time on July 24.

The giant, football-field-sized space rock was not detected by the researchers for up to 24 hours before it was set to whiz past Earth at a distance of just 48,000 km, travelling at 55,000 km per hour.

“Given the media attention in the morning, I will warn you, in about 30 minutes, 57-130 metre-wide asteroid will pass the Earth at just 0.19-moon distances (~48,000 miles),” Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, wrote in a July 24 e-mail, with the addition of the natural disaster, “has been spotted for around 24 hours ago.”

The Earth is surrounded by a host of asteroids.
(P. Carril/NASA)

The internal messages obtained by BuzzFeed News via a freedom of information act request, and are also controlled by Fox News.

Swinburne University astronomy professor Alan Duffy described the asteroid in 2019 OK OK OK as a “city killer,” and a natural disaster were to hit more than 30 times the energy of the atomic blast at Hiroshima,” the Sydney Morning Herald.

NASA officials, including Johnson, were surprised to find that the words and phrases that are used by She and the other Australian, he is quoted by the news outlet, saying, “well, it can be useful to ask them to think before they speak.” Johnson also said that Australia is “at the core, nothing to do, in support of Planetary Defense,” according to internal e-mails.

The e-mail, first obtained by Buzzfeed indicate that the us has a much better asteroid detection, in particular, noted that the ATLAS telescope and the PAN – STARRS observatory is required to have in order to detect the slower of the objects.”

After the media reports on the close encounter with the 2019 is OK”, CNEOS issued a statement on Aug. 6 that the loss of the space rock, it would have been difficult.

“If 2019 is OK to enter and are disturbed in the Earth’s atmosphere, over the land, and the blast wave could have created a localized destruction for an area that is about 50 miles across,” CNEOS the book. “If the asteroid had entered the ocean, it would be a bad day for all of the ships in the area, but the seas would have caught the vast majority of the impact energy, and it is doubtful that there will be a tsunami that would have made it.”

An Artist’s interpretation of an asteroid impact
(NASA/Don Davis)

In a statement to Fox News, NASA Public Affairs Officer Allard Beutel said that NASA and other U.S. agencies have been leaders in the international effort to respond to the impact of a near-Earth object (neo).

“In 2018, the White House released the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and plan of action, the identification of the most important steps that U.S. agencies will need to take in order to be better prepared for the United States of america – and the world – to detect and respond to a possible effect of it,” Beutel wrote in an e-mail to Fox News.

He added that the us is facing in order to keep track of all NEOs 140 meters and larger brands, they are 35 per cent complete, with These is that the size of the “approximately 96 per cent complete for those of you who are in the 1 km and larger. “Strategic investments in our space programs, that will lead to the benefit of the whole of mankind, if we are to continue to be in the catalog, These that are potentially dangerous. This kind of investment, the global defence, based on the tests, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is scheduled to begin in 2021, in order to demonstrate the possibility of using a kinetic effect of the motion of an asteroid in space.”


The space agency, the launch of the first DART, mission in 2022. In April, NASA awarded a $69 million contract to SpaceX, the space exploration firm headed by Elon Musk, in order to help out with the DART.

The next time an asteroid this size will come close to the Earth as it is in a decade from now. Asteroid 99942 Apophis (named after the Egyptian god of chaos), come within 19,000 miles of Earth on April 13, 2029, and Fox News, it has been previously reported.

The asteroids that are within 0.05 astronomical units (au), and measuring more than 460 meters in diameter and are known as “potentially hazardous,” These, according to NASA. They will be monitored by the control Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). According to the end of 2018, a report compiled by the there are more than 18,000 of These.

Last month, Musk said on a podcast that Apophis is not a thing to worry about, but in the end with a “big rock” to the Earth, to and fro, and as of right now, there’s nothing we can do about it.

NASA has been preparing for planetary defense from asteroid strikes, for a number of years. A recent survey showed that Americans prefer to have a space program that is focused on the potential for asteroid impacts on sending people back to the Moon or to Mars.


In 2016, NASA formalized the agency’s preliminary program for the detection and monitoring of NEOs, and put it in the Science Mission Directorate. In June of last year, NASA unveiled a 20-page plan that details the steps the united states should take in order to be better prepared to NEOs, such as asteroids and comets – that is, within 30 million miles of the planet.

In addition to the improvement of, NEO discovery, tracking and characterization and the improvement of the model predictions, the plan also focuses on developing technologies for deflecting NEOs, with the intensification of international co-operation and the creation of a NEO impact, emergency procedures and action protocols.

Separately, in early April, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that it is a natural disaster, a strike is not something to be taken lightly, and it is, perhaps, the Earth’s greatest threat.

“We need to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not a movie,” Bridenstine said at the International Academy of Astronautics’ 2019 Planetary Defense Conference to be held in College Park, Md., according to the “This is ultimately about the protection of the only planet we know of, at the host’s life, and that is the planet Earth.”


Fox News, Brie Stimson, contributed to this report.

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