Who says the world is only full of bad news? NASA has largely dismissed a Russian report that an asteroid larger than two football fields could hit
Earth by 2036. In other words, you can relax.
Known as "99942 Apophis," the 900-foot-long asteroid has had the attention of scientists for some time. According to an article from SPACE.com, back
in 2004, NASA scientists announced that Apophis could hit the planet in 2029. But, after further number crunching, that prediction was later
The asteroid hurtled back into the news when Russia recently predicted 99942 Apophis may hit Earth on April 13, 2036. NASA acknowledges that there is
a chance this may happen, but it is far from likely. Donald Yeomans, who heads up NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office, estimates the odds at
around 1 in 250,000. And, don't worry — NASA does have a backup plan. Should the need arise, the space agency will construct machinery to change the
The Russian scientists are also hedging their bets. Professor Leonid Sokolov of St. Petersburg State University remarked that 99942 Apophis would most
likely disintegrate before hitting Earth.
Still, a chance is a chance, and Web searchers immediately sought more information on the errant asteroid. Online lookups for "99942 Apophis" jumped
sharply while "pictures of asteroids" and "apophis nasa report" also posted strong spikes in the Search box.
And while the odds of 99942 Apophis "hitting home" are blissfully slim, there are some in the scientific community who believe its high time for
"Earth protection strategies" just in case. Discovery.com lists several theories as to how best tackle any objects that might be on a collision course
Odds are we'll never need them. But it's better to be safe than to end up in a situation that resembles a Michael Bay movie.
Ok so the russians say this will hit us and nasa says there is a chance, but its unlikely and that's after they crunched the numbers. The fact that
they had to 'crunch' the numbers tells me that they there is a very high chance of this hitting us in 2036, they even said so on the history channel.
It's also amazing how they played down this international matter to a, ' nothing to see here folks', which is even more evident since they are
indirectly saying that the Rusians are wrong on this one.
I would keep my eye on this because I don't know the russians to be incompetent in these matters. Please post your opinions.
edit on 9-2-2011 by shikori because: change title