A space communications specialist has warned against the risk of an asteroid impacting the Earth with its own debris.
The asteroid, named “Gravity 9”, has been named after the Zolea Space Centre in Japan.
“If an asteroid impacts with our planet, there could be a large area of debris that could potentially cause an impact on Earth,” said Dr Robert Norell from the University of Queensland’s School of Earth, Ocean and Space Research.
“It’s a serious issue, we can’t ignore that.”
Dr Noreell said he was concerned about the risks of an impact from the asteroid, and the possible destruction of the space station.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who say the worst-case scenario, if we’re not prepared, we’re in trouble,” he said.
“So if we do get an asteroid, I would think it would be the most destructive impact we’ve seen.”NASA scientists are now trying to predict the trajectory of the asteroid and its impact.
“We’re currently trying to work out what kind of orbit it would take and if we could put a satellite in a position to track it,” Dr Norello said.
“If we could track it we would know what its impact would be.”
The Zoleos space station is the last piece of the Z-Pod, the largest of the three spacecraft launched in the US to reach the International Space Station.
The Z-pod is currently in space for 12 days to check out its position, before returning to Earth to start the next phase of its mission.
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