This Asteroid Might Not Wipe Out Earth, But NASA's Not Taking Any Chances

Don’t freak out, but an asteroid may or may not be headed for Earth. On the plus side, the folks at NASA are already working on a plan to stop it.

As reported by the Washington Post, Bennu, an asteroid comparable in size to the Empire State Building, has a 1 in 2,700 chance of smacking into our pale blue dot sometime in the year 2135. Sounds like a bit of a long shot, but consider your odds of dying in a bike accident are 4,900 to 1, and you’ll understand why NASA’s taking this thing seriously. (Hitting a hole-in-one? 12,500 to 1.)

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So what’s the plan? That would be HAMMER, or the “Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response.” Rather than destroy the asteroid, Armageddon-style, it’s more likely that they would try to gently nudge Bennu off-course with a blunt object or adjacent nuclear blast—the cosmic equivalent of dumping your leaves into your neighbor’s yard.

It doesn’t seem like anything to worry about. 2135 is a long way away, and if we don’t destroy ourselves first (global warming, nuclear war, trend diets), we’re confident our future robot overlords will know what to do.

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