The gigantic Apophis asteroid raging to the ground has triggered a flood of panic news reports. Elon Musk warns that we are completely defenseless against planet killer asteroids, even if this is not a threat.
Musk responded to a tweet from his friend, podcast host Joe Rogan, who published an article about the so-called "God of Chaos" asteroid from the Express, which features a new Doom's article seems to publish. grim article about this particular asteroid every few weeks.
Great name! I would not worry, but eventually a big rock will hit Earth and we have no defense at the moment. https://t.co/XhY8uoNNax[19459002[-ElonMusk(@elonmusk) August 18, 2019
"Great name! I would not worry about this one, but eventually a big rock will hit Earth and we have no defense at the moment. The SpaceX Founder Says:
About the size of four football fields if the space rock were When Musk hit Earth, it would crash us with the power of 15,000 simultaneously exploding nuclear weapons.
But he rightly warns that the entire Apophis story is a bit over the top: during its flyby in 2029, the asteroid will be within 37,600 km (23,363 miles) of our planet, just a tenth of the distance between Earth and moon. Scary, but not completely apocalyptic.
The Department of Celestial Mechanics of St. Petersburg State University previously warned that the 370 meter wide asteroid could hit the Earth sometime in 2068 – the "keyhole" space area near its imminent flyby in the Earth Year 2029 (with a probability of about one in 2.3 million).
While it will cover more than the width of the full moon within a minute when it passes Earth on April 13, 2029, it will be more likely that the asteroid, named after the Egyptian god of evil and destruction, the lived in the eternal darkness provide a great spectacle for stargazers as the fate of all life on earth.
From this harbinger of the Apocalypse, NASA says the "international asteroid research community could not be more excited" what the agency calls "an incredible opportunity for science".
NASA will indeed use the flyby of 2029 as an opportunity for research and development to prepare our planetary defense mechanisms around which Musk so hard.
"Observing Apophis during his flyby in 2029, we gain important scientific insights that could someday be used for planetary defense," said Paul Chodas, director of CNEOS.
Indeed, NASA and Musk's SpaceX are already developing their first asteroid diversion mission for the so-called Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which was launched in June 2021 with one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets and NASA funding of $ 69 million. Dollars on the asteroid 65803 Didymos Aims.
] However, NASA acknowledges that the likelihood of affecting the Earth remains low. anywhere in the region from 1 to 100,000, "in many decades" though more detailed future calculations are supposed to effectively nullify the asteroid for our planet.
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