US astronaut Russell Schweickart has accused NASA of failing to support space telescopes to help detect potentially dangerous Earth asteroids.
During an "Space Summit" event in New York, an aerospace engineer interviewed Business Insider, "It's important to find a telescope to protect life on Earth and it's ready to work.
It is a small observatory equipped with a powerful infrared camera known as NEOCam (Near Earth Object Camera).
According to the press, designers have given NASA several missions. And while the project continued to develop "millions of people are here and there," the US space agency rejects it completely financially, claiming it "does not focus very much on science."
"Apollo 9 Missionaries emphasized that it is a public safety program, not to engage in another competition with science, making it the main program for God's love."
A meteorite with an estimated diameter of 60-190 m, introduced into the atmosphere in 1908, exploded at a height of 5 to 10 km in the Siberian region of Tunguska with the help of thermal nuclear bombs, stepping on all the trees in one area. 2,000 square kilometers (double the size of New York City).
And in 2013 another meteorite, about 20 meters in diameter, crashed near Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing massive damage to homes and buildings. This caused more than 1,000 injuries.
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Because these events are likely to continue, Congress in 2005 will give the NASA mission to detect at least 90 percent of the asteroids with an impact on the earth, over 140 meters. The deadline for achieving this goal is 2020.
"But so far, both ground and space telescopes have detected less than a third of Near Earth Objects (NEOs), and it is almost certain that NASA will not comply in due time," said Business Insider
This means that according to a report released by the White House in June this year, tens of thousands of NEOs large enough to destroy the city have not yet been discovered.