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Incoming! How NASA and FEMA Would Respond to an Asteroid Threat

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It’s not a matter of if, but when, we will deal with such a situation…

It’s a scary scenario: an asteroid headed for Earth, just four years away from slamming into our home planet. It may be too short a span to plan an asteroid-deflection mission, but it’s long enough to present very different challenges from those of a more typical crisis, like a hurricane or earthquake.

NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came together Oct. 25 to plan a response to such a hypothetical event. In a “tabletop exercise,” a kind of ongoing simulation, the two agencies tested how they would work together to evaluate such…

 

Conservation Requires Collaboration

One of the most exciting moments for me in 2016 was President Obama’s decision to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. With 582,578 square miles off the coast of Hawaii designated for permanent protection, the U.S. created the world’s largest protected area, hosting more than 7,000 marine species, many of which are endangered or endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Papahānaumokuākea provides undisturbed nesting beaches for threatened Hawaiian green turtles and critical habitat for other species of sea turtles, like critically endangered Pacific leatherbacks and hawksbills as well as endangered…

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