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Earth is overdue for an ‘extinction level’ asteroid strike and we’re not prepared at all

Декабрь 17, 2016     Автор: Юлия Клюева
Earth is overdue for an ‘extinction level’ asteroid strike and we’re not prepared at all

We’re sorry to spoil your weekend, but Earth is overdue a massive asteroid strike and ‘there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it’.

The jolly outlook has come from a Nasa scientist, who warned that humans don’t have a defence for an ‘extinction level event’.

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Dr Joseph Nuth explained that such disasters tend to take place about 50 to 60 million years apart, according to The Guardian.
And it’s a bit of a concern because the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite 66 million years ago.

Dr Nuth said: ‘The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment.
Global accident — collision of an asteroid with the Earth.; Shutterstock ID 431219227
‘We’re due’, apparently (Picture: Shutterstock)
‘The extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they’re 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially.

‘You could say, of course, we’re due, but it’s a random course at that point.’
Thankfully, humongous, species-eradicating space debris is extremely rare.

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But we had ‘close encounters’ in 1996 and 2014 – in the latter case, the comet was only discovered 22 months before, which is not enough time to launch a deflection mission.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, because we have the technology to deflect an Earth-bound meteor in an Armageddon scenario.
Scientist Dr Cathy Plesko said this could be fone via a nuclear warhead or a ‘kinetic impactor, which is basically a giant cannonball’.



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