According to NASA, there’s an asteroid out in space that could hit Earth in 170 years. However, this is not the type of rock seen in the hit film Armageddon. Unfortunately, this will not destroy Earth, meaning we will never see a rag-tag group of oil rig workers saves the world with their loose understanding of science and clever banter. On the other hand, Steve Buscemi doesn’t have to die, so that’s nice.
NASA SAYS DON’T WORRY ABOUT ASTEROID DESTROYING EARTH
NASA says the asteroid in question will not have much energy for a devasting impact. In fact, they say the odds are 1-2,700 that the object will hit Earth at all. That being said, these are early calculations. With a new mission coming up, the agency hopes to get some more precise data. This coming September, OSIRIS will blast off into space on a two-year hunting trip to hopefully find this space rock. Upon bringing back a sample in 2023, we will then know how much danger we’re really in.
NASA WILL STUDY ASTEROID BEFORE IT DESTROYS EARTH
NASA will be focusing on a few key questions in regards to the asteroid. For one, they want to see what kind of matter will be delivered to our planet. They also what to recalculate its chance of hitting us. Apparently, the rock crosses our orbit every six years. There’s a chance that it could hit a certain keyhole when it passed in 2035. If so, that would put it on a crash course to our planet in 2185. A far time off, but the threat is real. Researchers say that debris like this has to be .6 miles wide to be a real threat. Allegedly, the one that exterminated the dinosaurs was around 6 miles long. For now, nothing of that magnitude will hurt us. We only have ourselves to watch out for.
NASA CAN STOP ASTEROID BUT NOT HUMANS FROM DESTROYING EARTH
Besides space travel, the space agency remains involved with climate change. Dangerous asteroids in 2185 won’t matter if we continue our self-destructive ways. With July being the hottest month in this planet’s history, a bleak and unfortunate future awaits. It’s up to the wealthy to make a change, which won’t happen for quite some time. Until then, millions will perish and the last thing we will think about is space exploration.