According to NASA, if a giant asteroid was on a collision course with Earth, we’d all be pretty much done for.
NASA just completed a weeklong simulation looking at various scenarios – and concluded that we wouldn’t be able to stop an asteroid using current technology – even with six months of advance notice.
“If confronted with the scenario in real life, we would not be able to launch any spacecraft on such short notice with current capabilities,” said the agency.
Yeesh, that’s very not optimistic.
Evacuating the impact area would be our only option – and NASA says governments are “dreadfully unprepared” for such a scenario.
However, the agency is working on new technology called DART – Double Asteroid Redirection Test – that could potentially redirect an asteroid’s orbit to prevent a threat to Earth. They hope to launch their first test with DART later this year.
Is anyone else reading this while hearing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” in their head?