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.


3 Responses to “NASA Planning Asteroid Probe Landing, Taking Ideas From Hollywood Films”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 10th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Venus is definitely out of the question for colonization, with surface temperatures well above boiling and a toxic, corrosive atmosphere. It might be a good spot to send retired politicians, however.

  2. olivia on August 10th, 2010 7:39 pm

    Dotes – I can think of a few currently in office who would make an excellent addition to the Venus colony.

  3. Troy L Dailey on August 11th, 2010 8:47 am

    What a stupid header for this article…As if NASA has not had the dream of this type of landing ever since the moonshot. I think it would be much more accurate to say Hollywood got it’s idea from Science. After all. Which happened first, “Armageddon” or the planning to sink a probe in Haley’s Comet?

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