NASA Schedules Possible End To Life On Earth
NASA says that on September 22, 2135, an asteroid could strike the earth.
"It's the end of the world as we know it." No need for most of us to enter the date on our calendars. There's little to no chance any of us will make it that that fateful day in 117 years. However, you may want to leave a note for your great grandkids.
NASA says there's a chance an asteroid about a third of a mile across, called "Bennu", will hit the Earth on that date with an impact energy equivalent to the entire US nuclear arsenal. Talk about a bad day.
Meteors hitting the earth is fairly common. Back in 2013, a meteor about 60 feet across struck the Earth in Russia. It released about 30 times the energy as the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. "Bennu" is much larger. It's more in the range of the one thought to have ended the reign of the dinosaurs.
NASA says they have a plan. It's called the "Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response" vehicle, or "HAMMER" for short. It's a concept spacecraft that could crash into the asteroid in hopes of deflecting it away from the Earth. Alrighty then.
Anyway, we now know when the world is going to end. I'm pleased to have passed along this information so the planning can get underway for all of those awesome "End Of The World" parties. I'm sad to report I won't be attending. Cue R.E.M.
Credit: Fox31 Denver