NASA – The World Doomed in 2013?
April 20, 2011
NASA will be facing a difficult task with the retirement of its current space fleet, especially when there is nothing set in stone for the future of the space program. At this point our concerns with the space shuttle program are irrelevant, as Tom Chivers reports because according to Dr. Richard Fished, NASA’s director of Heliophysics division predicts the world is doomed in 2013. The concern in 2013 is projecting that the sun will reach the end of its 50 year old stage cycle where large events involving solar flares are expecting to occur. A solar flare is a sudden and rapid release of bright light from the sun. This means that magnetic energy gets built up for some time and without warning, gets released.
However, this is nothing that should be recognized out of the ordinary, because a similar incident occurred in 1859, when a solar storm burned telegraph wires all across Europe and the United States. Scientist are expecting things to be much worse with today’s technology, meaning that navigation systems will go wacky, causing planes to drop like birds and compasses will spin out of control, and phone signals may be interrupted. Dr. Tony Phillips reports in Science News, that the Earth magnetic field is expected to increase, causing quite a stir something similar to the events in the popular movie The Day After Tomorrow.
NASA has been working diligently with Congress to help prevent such incidents from occurring if a major solar flare were to happen. NASA does want to inform people of how dangerous and real these solar flares are, but are preventable if the proper steps are taken. NASA is aware of when many solar flares take place, and have the ability to shut down satellites, and communication systems which are protected by shields to avoid high levels of electromagnetic activity. While some day Earth may be doomed by solar flares or other catastrophic events, it would be considered out of the ordinary at this point.
What needs to be realized is these solar flares or catastrophic events, should never be overlooked. Even though NASA, has a handful of problems to deal with including its scientific research, the International Space Station, our current shuttle program and satellite mission; its possible events like these NASA must be prepared for. Yet, with no budget and overspending on projects that have yet to help our space program, NASA seems to be providing little help. If NASA doesn’t react and come to its senses quick enough, Johnson Space Center will never live down its famous phrase, “Houston. . . We Have a Problem!”