In the NASA plan to deal with a killer asteroid destroying the world, the first people to learn about it likely find out via text message.
If a killer asteroid on a path to striking Earth were discovered, the first word of its existence would likely come in the form of a text or an email—preliminary information about the space rock, sent out to a group of less than 12 scientists.
At that stage, researchers wouldn’t know much about the size and trajectory of the errant space rock, but that’d change quickly. They’d start hurriedly gathering observations of the object, likely first spotted by one of the large survey telescopes constantly looking out for this kind of thing. Read more…