WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A United Nations panel is taking the first serious steps towards getting the world ready for an asteroid impact, reports Space.com.

The U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is recommending the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Network to scan the heavens and keep track of Near-Earth Objects.

The idea is to pool data from all over the world to discover and track objects in space that could potentially hit our planet and cause major damage.

Experts say the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February, 2013 served as a wake-up call for politicians and the public that the Earth is vulnerable to asteroid strikes.

Once a threat has been identified, what to do about it?

That’s the goal of the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group, which has been meeting to plan for a possible future asteroid impact.

It’s goal is to promote international collaboration on research and methods for deflecting dangerous Near-Earth Objects.

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