NASA, FEMA, and various other national / international agencies will simulate a doomsday asteroid strike with a drill that helps them prepare for a real disaster. The exercise consists of a fictional asteroid on a collision course with Earth in an effort to better understand how they would all react to such a threat should, and it will take place at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference starting Monday, April 29, in Washington, DC. Read more for another video and additional information.
“The drill, dubbed the Hypothetical Asteroid Impact Scenario, is exceptionally detailed, and includes a full backstory on how the asteroid was first discovered and how subsequent tracking of it has revealed some critical details. Everything from its “eccentric” orbit, to its size (between 100 and 300 meters wide), to the chances it’ll make a direct hit (one in 100), are outlined in the simulation. Even potential hit zones around the globe are identified,” reports Thrillist.