how to handle an emergency, like a huge asteroid that is heading towards Earth!

CAPE CANAVERAL, Administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden, has a recommendation on how to handle an emergency, like a huge asteroid that is heading towards the city of New York: Pray. Good advice, if the USA believed in God; but that is not the current case, is it?

what to expect in the Future!

what to expect in the Future!

That is all that the United States-or any other country could do right now about unknown asteroids and meteorites that could travel on a collision course with Earth, Bolden said Tuesday lawmakers at a hearing before the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives.

An asteroid estimated to have been 17 meters in diameter exploded on February 15 Chelyabinsk, Russia, generating shock waves that smashed windows and damaged buildings. More than 1,500 people were injured.

Later that day, an asteroid larger and unrelated, which had been discovered the previous year, passed within 27,681 miles of Earth, closer than television satellites and climate orbiting the planet.

The events “serve as evidence that we live in an active solar system with potentially dangerous objects that pass through our neighborhood with surprising frequency,” said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas.

“We were lucky that last month’s events were just an interesting coincidence rather than a catastrophe,” said the committee chairman, Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, who convened the hearing to find out what is being done and how much money is needed to better protect the planet.

NASA has found and is tracking about 95 percent of the largest objects flying near Earth, those with a diameter of 1 km or more.

“An asteroid that size, a mile or more, it could plausibly end civilization,” said science adviser John Holdren White House lawmakers at the hearing.

But about 10 percent of an estimated total of 10 000 possible asteroid “kill cities”, those with a diameter of 50 meters, have been found, said Holdren.

The average size objects that fall on the Earth every thousand years.

“From the information we have, we do not know of an asteroid that will threaten the U.S. population,” said Bolden. “But if that happens in the next three weeks, pray,” he added.

Besides increasing its monitoring efforts and international arms companies, NASA is seeking to develop technologies that divert an object that could travel with collision course with Earth.

“The chances of a near-Earth object hit us causing a huge number of casualties and destruction of infrastructure are very small, but the potential consequences of such an event are so great that it makes sense to take the risk seriously,” said Holdren.

Makes about 66 million years ago, an object 10 kilometers in diameter would have fallen into what is now known as the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs, as well as most of the plant and animal life on Earth.

The asteroid that exploded over Russia last month is the biggest thing that has beaten the atmosphere of the Earth from the Tunguska event of 1908, when an asteroid or comet exploded over Siberia, felling 80 million trees over 2000 150 square kilometers.

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Asteroid nears Earth

The U.S. space agency NASA released the first images of the asteroid is expected to pass tomorrow to just 27, 860 kilometers from Earth, the closest approximation of a cosmic object registered hazardous to our planet.

Asterroid on collision course with Earth will miss by 28K miles

Asterroid on collision course with Earth will miss by 28K miles

On its Web site, NASA posted a animated sequence in black and white made up of three images that you can see the path of the asteroid when it is still 748,000 miles from Earth.

The sequence was created by astronomers Remanzacco Observatory in Italy, from photos taken by remote control by the Faulkes Telescope South at Siding Springs (Australia), according to the space agency.

The asteroid was detected by amateur astronomers affiliated Sagra Observatory (Mallorca, Spain) a year ago, when it was at 4.3 million kilometers from Earth, and the planet is approaching 28,100 kilometers per hour.

The space rock, the size of half a football field, is so opaque that astronomers can only observe its trajectory in the infrared range of the spectrum which reflects the sun’s heat

First high resolution pictures of Mars from Curiosity received on Earth!

The first images of the surface of Mars and views of the plain on which rested were published by NASA

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The first high-resolution images made by the browser Curiosity on the surface of Mars and views of the plain on which rested on Sunday were released today by the U.S. space agency NASA.

The first high-resolution image was taken by the upper chamber of the mast, which will be used during the navigation mission of the laboratory stock, which will seek information on the composition of the Martian surface and traces of the past presence of water on the planet red.

The snapshot, black and white, shows a plane dotted with small rocks, against which rises a ridge of hills that mark the limits of the crater Gale, a destination for this browser Martian powered by nuclear energy.

NASA explained that the image shows two depressions “were probably excavated by the blast of the proponents of the descent phase of Curiosity”, landed on the Martian surface using a new system called “Skycrane”.

Another high-resolution images received and published today shows the shadow of the mast and the “head” of Curiosity on the surface of Mars as well as a 360 degrees, which turns to see the Morte Sharp, in the Gale crater rim, where the browser will geological experiments.

The first snapshots are coming slowly, after mission managers verify the status of the instruments, placed the mast, with cameras with stereoscopic vision, upright.

The control center receives the information NASA first low resolution and gradually updating the details of the images, which in the case of the chambers of the mast not show the powder film the lower chambers of Curiosity.

The first images transmitted shortly after landing were black and white and low resolution taken with small cameras installed to detect possible damage to your wheels and the descent to Mars.

Tuesday also was the first color image of the area in which the Curiosity is taken with another camera, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), although this instant ocher and orange was diffused by the dust during landing.

The camera MAHLI should remove it from a dust protector and start sending new and more detailed images of Mars.

Solar flare will hit Earth on Saturday (9:00 to 13:00 GMT)

According to NASA, if the eruption is strong enough, could damage communication systems and power grids

Solar flare will hit Earth this weekend

Solar flare will hit Earth this weekend

DALLAS, – A solar storm will arrive at Earth on Saturday causing geomagnetic conditions that could cause disruptions in satellite and radio signals, reported the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

A huge flare and eruption of solar plasma from the Sun reported, called coronal mass ejection, or CME, which is now going directly toward Earth at about five million miles per hour.

It is expected that the effects of radiation or solar flare to reach the Earth between 5:00 and 9:00 am Eastern Time U.S. (9:00 to 13:00 GMT) on Saturday, according to forecasts by the NASA researchers and the Climate Prediction Center NOAA‘s Space.

The solar flare on Thursday was officially classified as an X1.4 class flare, so it becomes the strongest in the summer so far.

The flare and CME emerged from a massive sunspot known as AR1520, which scientists say could be up to 300 thousand kilometers long.

The arrival of the radiation by the coronal mass ejection to Earth likely to generate moderate geomagnetic storms that will last until Sunday, with the potential to cause temporary interruptions in radio and satellite networks as well as energy.