NASA is preparing for a possible “doomsday” by rehearsing what would happen if an asteroid was hurtling to Earth.
The space agency along with other international organizations will play out over five days how those groups would react to a possible apocalypse.
The scenario of a huge asteroid hurtling toward our planet at 31,000 mph is meant to be as realistic as possible and has been devised by a division of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that has been tasked with studying near-Earth objects (NEOs).
The exercise is to see how fast and effectively the organizations react.
“These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defense community to understand what our colleagues on the disaster management side need to know,” Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, said in a statement.