NASA Planning Asteroid Probe Landing, Taking Ideas From Hollywood Films
August 10, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Anyone who lived through the 90′s has seen Armageddon. For those six people who haven’t caught it on one of its’ repeated HBO movie cycles, it is the story of a team of drillers, led by Bruce Willis, who are sent onto an asteroid on a collision course for Earth. Which is somewhat close to what NASA is now planning.
Asteroid 1999 RQ36 is heading our way, and has a 1 in 1,000 chance of colliding with Earth by around the year 2182. This has caused some worry for the boys and girls at NASA, who have been discussing ways that it may be possible to protect from that eventuality.
The problem is that everything is based purely on theory, and to get a real idea of the risk they would need to get a piece of the rock, and examine the mass, density, ect. to find out how high the risk really is.
Queue one of the scientists watching a middle-of-the-night showing of Armageddon during a night of intense insomnia, or so I assume.
NASA is now wanting to send a probe to land on the asteroid, take those samples, and find out whether or not we are really facing a global extinction in 172 years. But it might not happen, the Telegraph reports.
The space agency, like the rest of America, is flat broke, and they are facing tighter regulations on what they can spend, and on what. Currently, the asteroid probe is up against the landing of a probe on Venus.
Considering one of the projects will lead to figuring out if the world will be destroyed, it might need to take priority. Unless, of course, you plan on testing Venus for a potential evacuation point, in which case we might be getting more into Stargate territory.