BREAKING: An Asteroid Is Going To Scoot Too Close To The Earth, So NASA Is Going To Nuke It!

A massive asteroid is tearing towards Earth at destroying speed, and the space agency intends to save the planet by blowing it with an atomic warhead, Daily Star is reporting. Be that as it may, it will be over a century prior to the entire circumstance plays out. NASA Is Going To Nuke.

It might sound like the introduce of a horrible summer science fiction motion picture, however this is genuine: NASA has truly spotted an asteroid, affectionately named 101955 Bennu, and determined that its size, speed, and circle put it on a potential crash course with Earth. Also, they really plan to steer it far from risk with the use of atomic weapons.

Luckily, they'll have about a century to work out the whole math, taking that none of this is probable to go down before 2135 — September 21, 2135, to be specific.
This is what we know: Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid that we've thought about since 1999. It's assessed to be around 1,600 feet in distance across (the measure of a town, as indicated by the Star) and weighs around 87 million tons. As per Buzzfeed.  It's hurtling through space at around 63,000 miles per hour.

What's more, on that fateful day in 2135, there is a one of every 2,700 possibility that it will hit us. On the off chance that that occurs, the outcomes will be cataclysmic.

For NASA, those chances are bad. MIT affect master Richard Binzel told  to Buzzfeed that  this is something that should be considered seriously — and is being considered seriously.

“Smart people are considering   this seriously and thinking carefully about what may be done.”

So what's the arrangement? Nukes, of course.

In particular, the Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response (HAMMER) program has a few designs underway, both including atomic warheads. One is just blow the thing to bits, yet that conveys the danger of simply scattering the asteroid’s flotsam over a more extensive territory.

A more sensible choice includes using nukes to bend the asteroid away — in the event that it tends to be pulled off, that is. David Dearborn, of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, says that it's hypothetically conceivable to bump the space rock off the beaten path with nukes.

“If the asteroid is little enough, and we detect it early enough, we can do it with the impactor. The impactor is not as adaptable as the nuclear option when we truly need to change the speed of the body in a rush.”

Authorities weren't keen to give an estimate of the expense of such an arrangement. In any case, by method for comparison, Buzzfeed  takes note of that a current scientific mission, the OSIRIS-REx mission, is headed toward Bennu at the present time, for study. That mission came with a sticker price of $800 million.

Luckily, the space agency has a solid century and some change before fund-raising for saving the world becomes critical.


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