Although the end of the world is nowhere in sight, it’s never too late to prepare, right? That’s what NASA’s first Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson thinks. Johnson has been preparing for a planetary Armaggedeon for a long time now and has helped NASA to develop the right technology for the job since 2003. Read on to see why no one knows about NASA’s “end of the world” experiment.
Out Of This World
While most people are worried about their everyday problems, Lindley Johnson is concerned about the world’s end. It’s his personal mission to protect the planet from potential threats from space. That’s why Johnson is leading a team of NASA scientists to research a doomsday model of New York City just in case anything happens to the Big Apple. After serving in the Air Force for more than two decades, Johnson had the skills and the experience to join the league of extraordinary astronauts at NASA.
As the space agency’s premiere Planetary Defense Officer, Johnson uses analytics to determine the trajectory of hypothetical space rocks speeding towards Earth. Despite the fact that the majority of meteorites that travel toward Earth are relatively tiny, there’s always the possibility of a bigger threat. Thankfully, researchers speculated that if a gigantic asteroid ever did start careening towards Earth, then it would most likely land in the center of the ocean. However, Johnson is not satisfied with mere luck saving us from potential obliteration. Fortunately, we have NASA and Lindley Johnson on our side!
For years, Lindley’s crew at NASA has been hard at work determining theoretical scenarios about enormous asteroids striking metropolitan areas on our planet. Even though there are usually over a thousand years between intergalactic events, Johnson is preparing his team to be ready at any moment. Of course, NASA doesn’t actually see want to NYC demolished by a rogue crater. The space agency just wants to know how widespread the damage would be if such a catastrophe were to happen.
Meanwhile, Johnson and his colleagues are constantly running virtual simulations to demonstrate exactly where an asteroid would hit if it were to strike the Earth. While it might be impossible to avoid a space collision at some point, Earth has a lot of technology to help it to prevent a potential worldwide crisis. Plus, NASA has a lot more spending power on its side now. In fact, Lindley and his team received a massive grant from Congress to increase their funding in 2015. Now, Johnson’s planetary defense squad had $50 million to play with per year instead of just $5 million annually.
Fly Me to the Moon
With his greatest fundraising dreams fulfilled, Lindley Johnson continues to lead his space team in the fight against interplanetary threats using scientific data and up-to-date technology. While NASA hasn’t exactly publicized this, they’ve supposedly logged more than 2,000 asteroids that could potentially cause harm to our planetary system. Since it might be too difficult to blow up a humongous asteroid, it’s up to Lindley to find a NASA-approved solution.
So far, one of the best ways to prevent a doomsday apocalypse is to change the direction of an approaching android using kinetic impactors. As an unmanned spacecraft, kinetic impactors could hypothetically launch at an android very quickly, causing it to redirect away from Earth. Though Lindley doesn’t think that landing on a hurtling asteroid is a particularly good idea in the event that anything happens, NASA is reportedly still considering this strategy as another option. In the meantime, NASA has ramped up their orbital telescope collection to be on the safe side.
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