Our Earth and a meteor is on a collision course and has the potential to be apocalyptic. This is not a fanatic speaking but claimed by NASA. It has issued a terrifying warning, proclaiming that the Earth is under threat of a meteor strike amid growing concerns of an imminent asteroid impact.
NASA’s chief scientist Jim Bridenstine issued one of the agency’s most alarming warnings yet – claiming that the Earth is “about to face its biggest threat from outer space”. His doom-laden remarks came during a conference organised to better equip humans with ways to defend the planet against a meteor strike.
This week scientists from around the world have been meeting at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland. The exercise has become a regular event among the international community of “planetary defense” experts.
This year, the conference has been scrambling to develop methods of combating imminent asteroid impact, as well as emergency evacuation plans.
Popular television scientist Bill Nye also warned about the existential threat to humanity during the conference.
He told reporters: “The Earth is going to get hit with another big asteroid. The problem is, we don’t know when. It’s a very low probability in anyone’s lifetime, but it’s a very high-consequence event. If it happens, it would be like control-alt-delete for everything.”
NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green echoed Bill Nye’s remarks: “It’s not a matter of if; it’s only a matter of when.”
During a role-playing simulation exercise, NASA scientists tried and failed to stop a meteor crashing into the earth – despite being given eight years to prepare in the simulation.
In this scenario, the meteor was heading for New York City, which was eventually forced to evacuate under the simulation scenario.
The asteroid blast destroyed everything within a 15 kilometer “unsurvivable” with an energy 1,000 greater than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
NASA is currently working with Elon Musk’s Space X company to develop a Double Asteroid Redirection Test in a bid to stop a future collision. It seems like they are the last hope for the earth’s survival if the threat proves to be true.