‘WE’RE DUE AN EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT’ NASA warns Earth about surprise asteroid attack and there’s nothing we can do about it
EARTH is due a surprise asteroid collision and when it hits there is “not a lot we can do about it”, NASA has warned.
Don’t pin your hopes on any Deep Impact style evacuation plans – international government’s and top scientists haven’t got anything up their sleeves if a space rock does come hurtling our way, according to the experts.
Dr Joseph Nuth, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland made the chilling revelations at the American Geophysical Union this week.
Dr Igor Ashurbeyli said current defence and warning systems meant protection was ‘non-existent ‘
He said: “The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment.”
Our only option is to prepare to build a rocket that could intercept the asteroid and keep it in storage in case of emergencies, he added.
Stargazers are closely monitoring asteroids and comets on a daily basis.
But there is always a threat from a devastating impact, Dr Nuth warned.
Professor Hawking fears asteroids could wipe humanity off the face of the planet
He said: “’They are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they’re 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially.
“You could say we’re due.”
It follows Professor Stephen Hawking’s terrifying warning about the threat posed by apocalyptic asteroids.
He warned that humanity’s only chance of survival was to venture into space within the next 1,000 years.
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