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NASA Creates A ‘Planetary Defense Coordination Office’ That Will Track Meteors Headed Toward Earth

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Meteor Striking - Public DomainWhy is NASA suddenly so concerned about meteors and asteroids hitting the Earth? After telling us that “no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years” last year, NASA is now spending millions of dollars to set up a “Planetary Defense Coordination Office” that will be headed up by a designated “Planetary Defense Officer”. According to NASA, more than 13,500 near Earth objects have been found so far, and another 1,500 new NEOs are being discovered each year. Approximately 10 percent of all near Earth objects are one kilometer or larger in size, and if one of those giant space rocks ever hit us, it would likely be considered an “extinction level event”. It makes sense that NASA would be concerned about this threat, but why now?

The announcement of this new office was made on Friday, and very few mainstream news outlets covered it. But I did find this story on CNBC

If and when the interplanetary asteroid apocalypse comes, NASA plans to be prepared.

In a little noticed move this week, the space agency announced that it had created a directorate for “detecting and tracking near earth objects (NEOs).”

The new Planetary Defense Coordination Office—which, despite its science fiction-sounding name, is part of a very real effort to ward off the potentially deadly impact of asteroids that may hit the planet—is charged with supervising “all NASA-funded projects to find and characterize asteroids and comets that pass near Earth’s orbit around the sun.”

Of course once again NASA played down the idea that there is any sort of “imminent threat” during the announcement of this new program, but if there is no threat why go to so much trouble and effort?

According to the Washington Times, one of the things that this new Planetary Defense Coordination Office will be focusing on is a way to “redirect” potentially dangerous asteroids…

The office is also developing long-term planetary defense goals. They include “asteroid redirect” concepts that could could push the threatening object off course and away from Earth – a program also of interest to the European Space Agency. NASA is poised for the worst case scenario as well.

“Even if intervention is not possible, NASA would provide expert input to FEMA about impact timing, location, and effects to inform emergency response operations. In turn, FEMA would handle the preparations and response planning related to the consequences of atmospheric entry or impact to U.S. communities,” the space agency noted.

So why is this happening now?

Do they know something that they aren’t telling the rest of us?

Last year, we learned that NASA had teamed up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons to “nudge a large asteroid off course”. The following comes from an article in the New York Times about this effort…

The two agencies — NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration — have long studied such threats on their own. They have surveyed the cosmic debris, designed rocket interceptors and run supercomputer simulations to see if a nuclear blast could nudge a large asteroid off course.

In interviews, federal officials and private experts said the new interagency agreement would deepen the levels of expert cooperation and governmental planning, ultimately increasing the chances of a successful deflection.

“It’s a big step forward,” said Kevin Greenaugh, a senior official at the nuclear security agency. “Whenever you have multiple agencies coming together for the common defense, that’s news.”

Someone over at NASA sure does seem concerned about these things all of a sudden.

After all these years, why have asteroids and meteors become such a high priority?

Something does not seem quite right, because NASA has been insisting that there is absolutely no threat in the foreseeable future. This is something that I covered in a previous article. According to NASA, “no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years”

A NASA spokesman said: “NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.

“In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”

At a time when the federal budget is very tight and many federal agencies cannot get money that they desperately need, for some reason the sky is the limit for tracking dangerous meteors. In fact, CNBC says that funding related to tracking NEOs is now more than ten times higher than it was when Barack Obama first entered the White House…

NASA said that the recently passed fiscal year 2016 federal budget included some $50 million for observing NEOs and the new PDCO—a more than tenfold increase in funding since President Barack Obama took office.

But of course there is nothing to worry about according to NASA.

They assure us that no large object is going to hit our planet “in the next several hundred years”.

They are telling us that they have everything under control and that we should all remain calm.

So do you believe them?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • http://www.mindbodygreen.com Kim

    Nations are getting ready to go to war with. . .

    • agnau

      Distraction Kim.

  • cannabis cures cancer

    maybe obummer likes over-funding agencies on purpose if he can get away with it, like this asteroid thing has always been a legitimate concern so that’s his excuse to get them tons of money to help increase debt

  • K

    Considering there are already, multiple treaties, and agreements. Forbidding space based weapon systems. I guess if I wanted to put one up there. And it was too big, to disguise it as something else. I guess I would sell it as a meteor swatter.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    Send Bruce Willis to nuke it

  • Nancy Hollo

    They’re obviously lying. The earth and the moon are pockmarked with impact craters. Geologists find spherules formed by intense heat in and around the craters. Legend, history and all major religions tell of impacts like Noah’s flood and the ten plagues of the Exodus. And NASA speaks to us condescendingly as stupid children who can’t handle reality. It’s irritating.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…The earth and the moon are pockmarked with impact craters….”

      which happened over 100s of millions of years

  • kfilly

    When you hear the phrase, “I am from the government, and I am here to help.”, it is time to run.

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    Well, it could mean any number of things…

    Our elected officials and bureaucrats did allow our nuclear arsenal to deteriorate over the years. This might be their pretext for upgrades, replenishment, and better defense systems. Not everyone in government is an Obama gangster or leftist radical: a few folks there actually want to accomplish something properly, on time, effective, and that’s stated as their Constitutional responsibility. We’re facing nuclear war again: we need to upgrade.

    Another scenario is we have several asteroids big enough to take out part of the earth and they’re using deniability to “keep folks calm” as they really can’t see them hurtling at us in time. A better tracking system would be helpful.

    It could be a PR project: get more funding, pretend they’re doing their jobs – in reality they’re only attending meetings and come up with some really stupid system that never gets implemented. It takes several hundreds of years for these guys to actually finish a project; that would explain when the major strike should happen. :)

    Whatever the reason: we do need better offense/defense capabilities and systems in-place right now.

  • BibleNeverWrong

    They must have read Gill Broussard’s research… maybe.
    But in reality the Bible has predicted a great star falling to earth called wormwood WILL hit the earth Rev 8:10-11.
    Man has always confirmed what the Bible has stated for millenia, I choose to believe what has always been truth 100%.

  • DJohn1

    Could we be at war with life from another planet?
    Sounds fantastic. Sounds like good SciFi gone bad.
    Or it could be we are on the tail end of a long term comet/planet coming into the Solar System on an orbit so long no one remembers when it came through the last time. There is evidence of at least one such event in the outer solar system.
    All of which knocks stable orbit asteroids and meteors off their normal orbit in a fine balance of many years duration.
    Meaning that they no longer miss hitting planets.
    A little logistics is that the Earth rotates. Generally at about 18,000 miles per hour. Or approximately 5 miles per second. So given a small asteroid traveling against that rotation you have a massive bomb in the form of molten lava traveling very fast and more deadly than any atomic bomb. And it is not radioactive.
    Such an object coming in at about 20 degrees would kill everything in its path over possibly a thousand miles as it bounces off the Earth over and over again. The friction of the atmosphere could place it at over 5,000 degrees F. and the speed would not come down fast.
    So if I were NASA I also would take the possible threat very seriously.

  • barry oldwater

    Maybe they read or watched the Torah Codes and want to try and prevent this years impact that the Torah is saying will happen this fall.

  • greanfinisher .

    I suppose that the money would be better spent monitoring extraterrestial objects hurling toward the Earth than on the ISS boondoggle.

  • GregJ

    I think you might find it interesting to research Planet X which will not ‘hit’ the earth but could come close enough to cause horrific destruction.

  • http://nuclients.com Kevin Swift

    This gathering of the nations to make war with objects/powers in the sky heading towards earth remind me of this passage in Revelation 19:19, “Then I saw the beast [Antichrist] and the kings of the earth [kings/presidents/prime ministers] and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse [Messiah] and his army.” The unified nations will likely send up nuclear missiles in an attempt to stop the King of kings and His army… of course, to no avail.

  • robbie41

    Nibiru / Planet 7X will be in front of Earth on March 26, 2016. Not much time to prepare.

  • http://www.lermanet.com ArnieLerma

    Google Dr Carol Rosen + Von Braun death bed testimony

  • http://www.fairtradefish.org SenorPescador

    good luck it is about to slam us again after 60 million years give or take a few 2012 !!?? ,just a few years off

  • With Fortitude

    Michael, what I believe NASA is doing is ; trying to find a viable reason for additional funding. If this is the case then there is no conspiracy here. Think about it. Like you said “why the sudden interest ” ? If you have followed NASA at all ; then you would know NASA has been studying the course of space objects for a long time now. In fact it wasn’t that long ago when NASA headlined the new technology which enabled them to track the course of objects throughout space. So , that is why I believe it is more likely NASA is simply trying to get extra funding because they no longer get the massive funding they want.

    • http://www.fairtradefish.org SenorPescador

      actually I was for more funding for NASA they are one of few fed agencies doing something

      • With Fortitude

        It’s a shame these brilliant people are reduced to scaring the public for additional funding if that’s the case.

        We can thank our president for that.