NASA's Newest Warning System
NASA has recently unveiled its Scout computer program to help detect asteroids. The program uses telescopes around the world to analyze and collect data of outer space. As of now, the program is able to give us a warning five days in advance, which is an improvement over previous technology. Also, the program detects “potentially dangerous” asteroids, meaning there is not a 100% guarantee that the asteroids NASA warns us about will come into impact with planet Earth. Scout, which mostly looks for smaller objects, now joins another NASA program, Sentry. Sentry, which has been around for over a decade, looks for larger objects, ones that could potentially wipe out a large city.
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