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NASA forges ahead with new “Armageddon” Agency: The Planetary Defense Coordination Office

By Carla B.

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 NASA has recently launched a new office with the hopes of preventing Armageddon.The “Planetary Defense Coordination Office,” within its Planetary Science Division, with the goal of detecting and tracking near-Earth objects

Heads up, NASA has formalized the Planetary Defense Coordination Office within its Planetary Science Division, and according to the Huffington Post, its goal is to “Protect Earth From Doomsday Asteroids.”

The news was announced on Thursday.

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Interestingly, NASA has also partnered with the National Nuclear Administration with the goal of working cohesively towards a plan that will use nuclear technology to deflect incoming asteroids.

Hmmm, this definitely sounds eerily familiar with Hollywood’s blockbuster Deep Impact, eh?

Check out the video by BPEarthWatch highlighting the new initiative.

According to John Grunsfeld, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, “Asteroid detection, tracking and defense of our planet is something that NASA, its inter-agency partners, and the global community take very seriously. While there are no known impact threats at this time, the 2013 Chelyabinsk super-fireball and the recent ‘Halloween  Asteroid’ close approach remind us of why we need to remain vigilant and keep our eyes to the sky.”

Check out the full story here >>> NASA’s Armageddon Office Aims To Protect Earth From Doomsday Asteroids

NASA currently detects roughly 1,500 near-Earth objects each year, and approximately 90 percent of those objects are 3,000 feet or larger.  The agency, however, hopes to set its sights on detecting much smaller objects that are 450 feet or larger, because NASA believes that roughly 75 percent of those smaller objects remain undetected and could cause potential harm.

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The approved federal budget for the new initiatives is now $50 million, in contrast to the $4 million approved for this research last year, according to NASA.

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