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Originally posted by Allred5923
As for NASA's facilities and faculties, I would have to believe that they are alot smarter than what is portrayed of them here in this thread, this is thier profession's and they are bound to make mistakes, "To err is to be human" but those guy's and gals are very careful of what they say and how they present it to the public before official releases are made to the public. I am not saying that NASA hasn't had thier share of conspiracy related situations, but something as relevant as an asteroid/comet/meteor, I really don't think it would make a hooie of differance of letting the public know ASAP.
Originally posted by Essan
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
Can't wait to hear NASA's response to this...
Which is ....... that it's all a hoax!
It turns out this story is a fabrication and AFP didn't check the facts with NASA as I suspected. According to the blog Cosmos4u, they talked with Don Yeomans at NASA's NEO office and this is what Yeoman's said about the news story of a 13-year old boy correcting NASA's estimates of Apohpis impacting earth: "We have not corresponded with this young man and this story is absurd, a hoax or both. During its 2029 Earth close approach, Apophis will approach the Earth to about 38,900 km, well inside the geosynchronous distance at 42,240 km. However, the asteroid will cross the equatorial belt at a distance of 51,000 km - well outside the geosynchronous distance. Since the uncertainty on Apophis' position during the Earth close approach is about 1500 km, Apophis cannot approach an Earth satellite. Apophis will not cross the moon's orbital plane at the Moon's orbital distance so it cannot approach the moon either."
Worth noting that any tiny change in orbit caused by hitting a satellite would as likely deflect Apophis away from Earth - which I guess should have set alarm bells ringing from the start.
NASA Statement on Student Asteroid Calculations
WASHINGTON -- The Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has not changed its current estimates for the very low probability (1 in 45,000) of an Earth impact by the asteroid Apophis in 2036.
Contrary to recent press reports, NASA offices involved in near-Earth object research were not contacted and have had no correspondence with a young German student, who claims the Apophis impact probability is far higher than the current estimate.
This student's conclusion reportedly is based on the possibility of a collision with an artificial satellite during the asteroid's close approach in April 2029. However, the asteroid will not pass near the main belt of geosynchronous satellites in 2029, and the chance of a collision with a satellite is exceedingly remote.
Therefore, consideration of this satellite collision scenario does not affect the current impact probability estimate for Apophis, which remains at 1 in 45,000.
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Originally posted by Griff
reply to post by Essan
NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right.
Unless Yahoo News is in the business of perpetuating hoaxes.
Both NASA and Marquardt agree that if the asteroid does collide with earth, it will create a ball of iron and iridium 320 metres (1049 feet) wide and weighing 200 billion tonnes, which will crash into the Atlantic Ocean