NASA's Asteroid Detection System Proved Its Worth
The Scout program was able to warn NASA of a potentially dangerous asteroid before it flew near Earth.By Ryan Biek | November 1, 2016
The thought of an asteroid hitting Earth is terrifying. Thankfully, NASA has a program to help spot potential disasters in advance.
That computer program, called Scout, proved its worth at the end of October by warning researchers of a near-Earth asteroid five days before it flew by the planet.
Five days might not seem like all that much, but previous NASA warnings were just a day in advance –– sometimes just hours in advance.