NASA Scientist Says We Are Due For Extinction Event
Is an extinction level event such as an asteroid due to destroy our planet? According to NASA scientist Joseph Nuth, speaking at the annual American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, said that our policy makers should prepare for exactly that, a cataclysmic strike. Nuth said, “You could say, of course, we’re due, but it’s a random course at that point.”
Nuth explained that as of right now, in present time, our world is not close to being prepared for such an event. “The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment.” Nuth said.
Nuth wants NASA to prepare for these extinction level asteroid or comet by building an observer spaceship along with what he called an “interceptor” rocket. If NASA were to find a possible threat, the rocket could carry a nuclear bomb which could intercept the incoming asteroid or comet which would at least give us a chance of survival. He wants us to do it now because if an asteroid comes from an area in space where we could be blind to its arrival, like being hidden in the suns blind spots, the interceptor could give us a fighting chance, because at that point we would have very little time to react. We need the time to react and we could have that exra time because of the already deployed interceptor rocket.
Nuth said, “It’s really imperative that we reduce that reaction time.”
The first thing NASA would have to do would be to make a formal request to Congress to get their approval for such a mission, which would also mean that it would cost a lot of money. Nuth thinks that it would cost “several hundred million dollars to produce one of these spacecraft.”
Nuth wants NASA to begin right away, because it takes at least five years to launch a spacecraft. Two years ago Earth had a very close encounter with a comet and we only had 22 months warning. That wouldn’t be enough time. Luckily is missed us.
Asteroid Apophis is heading in our direction. NASA thinks that we have nothing to worry about, however, there are some scientists who are not convinced, especially in Russia. The first time that Asteroid Apophis is going to come back around will be in 2029 and then again in 2034. We do still have time to prepare. We probably should build more then two spacecraft, just in case we need the extra ones. More to come.