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Why Is NASA Working So Hard To Learn How To Defend The Earth From Giant Asteroids?

Michael Snyder
July 6th, 2021
The Economic Collapse Blog
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This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

Did you know that NASA is going to send a spacecraft on a suicide mission in an attempt to change the trajectory of a massive space rock?  The good news is that the space rock that NASA will be crashing this spacecraft into is not on a collision course with Earth.

It is only a test.  But why has NASA suddenly become so concerned with figuring out how to defend the Earth from giant asteroids?  Could it be possible that there is something heading toward Earth in the future that they haven’t told us about yet?

According to NASA, there are more than 26,000 asteroids that pass near Earth, and more than 2,000 of them are classified as “potentially dangerous” asteroids.

Most of those “potentially dangerous” asteroids aren’t that large, but 158 of them do have a diameter of more than one kilometer.

If one of those monsters were to hit us, it would be a disaster of cataclysmic proportions.

Of course there are countless other space rocks that our scientists have not discovered yet, and those probably represent the greatest threat.  Because if you don’t see a threat coming, you can’t get prepared for it in advance.

These days, NASA officials have become quite preoccupied by the threat that giant space rocks potentially pose, and we are being told that “scientists are at work on a plan to avoid the destruction of Earth by an errant asteroid”.  The following comes from an article that was just published by the Boston Globe

NASA and a cadre of the world’s leading engineers and space scientists are at work on a plan to avoid the destruction of Earth by an errant asteroid like the one 65 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs, created a cloud of dust so impenetrable that it blocked out the sun, and plunged the planet into a prolonged winter that sent half of all plant life into extinction.

Personally, I think that this is something that NASA should definitely be focusing on, because the threat is very real.

Most people don’t realize this, but our planet is actually being pelted by space debris on a constant basis at this point.  In fact, NASA says that we are being hit by very small objects “every day”

Every day, Earth is bombarded by tons of dust and sand-sized particles from the solar system. Meteoroids burn up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere causing little or no damage. They are easy to spot, streaking across the night sky in brilliant, short-lived bursts of light. Of more concern are the asteroids that pass by Earth unnoticed; they are difficult to detect and track as observers depend on reflected sunlight to spot them.

Thankfully, the vast majority of the objects that we encounter are too small to do any damage.

But it is just a matter of time before a really big space rock comes along.

NASA officials like to give the impression that they have a really good idea of what is going on up there, but the truth is that our ability to detect large space rocks is still quite limited.  In May, a “potentially hazardous” asteroid that came close to Earth was only discovered about a week before it arrived

The reason why 2021 KT1 is news is that NASA estimates that it’s between 492 feet/150 meters and 1,082 feet/330 meters in diameter. It wasn’t observed until late in May 2021 just a week before its closest pass.

And late last year a fairly large asteroid was not discovered until it had already buzzed dangerously close to our planet

Wow. A low-flying space rock set a record last Friday (appropriately, the 13th), when 2020 VT4 passed just under 400 kilometers (250 miles) over the Southern Pacific.

The asteroid was spotted by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) survey at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 14th, just 15 hours after approach. This is not uncommon for fast-movers, especially asteroids that are coming at the Earth from our sunward blind-spot, like 2020 VT4.

So if a major threat is headed our way, we may or may not see it coming in advance.

If we do have advance warning that a huge asteroid is coming, obviously we would want to try to do something about it.  With such a scenario in mind, NASA will soon be crashing the DART spacecraft into a giant space rock called Dimorphos

Developed by a team of scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, DART is an unmanned, remotely controlled astronomical suicide mission designed to nudge an asteroid that is half a mile in diameter out of its orbit. Doomsayers take note: This is only a test. The asteroid in question, Didymos — Greek for “twin,” and so named because it was discovered to be paired with its own small moon — is not actually on a collision course with Earth.

Sometime between Thanksgiving week (perhaps as soon as the evening of Nov. 23) and February 2022, the team behind DART will launch it from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft will, if all goes according to plan, travel 6.8 million miles to reach and collide with Didymos’s moonlet, Dimorphos, which is 525 feet in diameter.

Is NASA testing out technology that they plan to use on another giant space rock at a later date?

Some have suggested that an asteroid known as Apophis could hit us on April 13th, 2029

On April 13, 2029 (which happens to be Friday the 13th), something unsettling will happen.

A decent-sized asteroid, the 1,100-foot-wide Apophis, will pass so close to Earth it’ll be visible in the sky from certain places. Crucially, the giant rock will not strike our humble planet. But it will pass closer than 20,000 miles from the surface, which is closer than where some of the United States’ most prized weather satellites orbit.

But NASA insists that Apophis will not hit us “for at least a century”

After its discovery in 2004, asteroid 99942 Apophis had been identified as one of the most hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth. But that impact assessment changed as astronomers tracked Apophis and its orbit became better determined.

Now, the results from a new radar observation campaign combined with precise orbit analysis have helped astronomers conclude that there is no risk of Apophis impacting our planet for at least a century.

Estimated to be about 1,100 feet (340 meters) across, Apophis quickly gained notoriety as an asteroid that could pose a serious threat to Earth when astronomers predicted that it would come uncomfortably close in 2029. Thanks to additional observations of the near-Earth object (NEO), the risk of an impact in 2029 was later ruled out, as was the potential impact risk posed by another close approach in 2036.

The orbit of Apophis is now very well known by astronomers all over the globe.  To me, all of the giant space rocks that are floating around up there that we don’t know about represent a much greater threat.

Unfortunately, the number of large space rocks going by our planet has been steadily increasing, and I believe that there is a good chance that we could see an asteroid impact long before 2029 ever rolls around.

If NASA officials know about such a threat, for now, they aren’t admitting that to the public.

But they are admitting that they are trying to figure out how to deflect a very large asteroid, and that should definitely be getting our attention.

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    1. Darth Skippy says:

      Q– But why has NASA suddenly become so concerned with figuring out how to defend the Earth from giant [tomatoes, unicorns, marshmallow men…]?

      A — Unquestioned and permanent, emergency powers.

      I think, what would be worse than seeing something 5 minutes from now, would be seeing 2 centuries away.

    2. toony loons says:

      Asteroids have been on a supposed collision course with Earth year after year after year and yet we are all still here.These asteroids are about as dependable as covid to take us all out.😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

    3. Nasa Lies says:

      Never
      A
      Straight
      Answer 🤔

    4. Anonymous says:

      Here’s my gue$$.
      We need 10 Trillion dollars or we’re all gonna die!

    5. Anonymous says:

      According to Carol Rosin, Werner Von Braun’s assistant, an asteroid threat is the third long planned agenda of the elite. The first was the cold war, the second was terrorism and the fourth and final one will be an alien invasion. He made these predictions in the final months of his life – 1973 I think. He told her to warn people they were all hoaxes. I remembered this recently with the pentagon’s ufo pr leading up to June and thought, hmm maybe they’re skipping the asteroid ‘threat’. Maybe not, afterall. They’re just lining up the ducks. The ‘cold war’ was going on in Von Braun’s lifetime, but he was gone long before 911. Rosin was part of The Disclosure Project. Type her name into google and you can see her claim in her own words.

    6. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      As I have been saying ever since Trump announced that he was going to release the UFO files, which fall into two categories, unidentified flying officers, of navy laser holograms, it is just another lame gimmick from the monkey brained monster apes to explain away trillions of dollars, in a land far far away, that nobody can prove that it is robbery and another gas loghting psy-op. If you recall, Paul Krugman said years ago that you could spend money fightingbspace aliens, and it would benefit the economy, but it only benefits serial criminal psychopaths guilty of fraud, which is of no benefit to the real economy, or any real person.
      They are retarded, literally, mouch more so than someone with Downs Syndrome or any blue baby syndrome, but in a particular monkey brained monster ape way. They are psychopaths.

      Their goal is to gas-light the public for the rest of their lives and not be charged for their serial criminal crime spree including crimes against humanity, treason, fraud, and grand larseny.

      It is all that they are capable of. I am not exagerating at all.

      Andrea Iravani

    7. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      As I have been saying ever since Trump announced that he was going to release the UFO files, which fall into two categories, unidentified flying officers, of navy laser holograms, it is just another lame gimmick from the monkey brained monster apes to explain away trillions of dollars, in a land far far away, that nobody can prove that it is robbery and another gas-lighting psy-op. If you recall, Paul Krugman said years ago that you could spend money fighting space aliens, and it would benefit the economy, but it only benefits serial criminal psychopaths guilty of fraud, which is of no benefit to the real economy, or any real person.

      They are retarded, literally, much more so than someone with Downs Syndrome or any blue baby syndrome, but in a particular monkey brained monster ape way. They are psychopaths.

      Their goal is to gas-light the public for the rest of their lives and not be charged for their serial criminal crime spree including crimes against humanity, treason, fraud, and grand larseny.

      It is all that they are capable of. I am not exagerating at all. 

      Andrea Iravani

      The monkey brained monster ape InfraTard hacked my comment again!

      P.S.They could plant trees, which would benefit the earth and all of earth’s inhabitants, but they want to pretend that they are
      scientists, and they want to get paid as though they were scientists, but they are not. Not even close.

    8. Murungu says:

      Waste of taxpayer dollars. Only God will allow somerhing to hit the earth. This is just another waste of money by otherwise unemployable children.

      • Anonymous says:

        Something akin to a burning mountain hitting the earth is a part of the prophecies, and it will have a devastating effect on us when it does.

        • Darth Skippy says:

          From Daniel 2 —
          “…thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay….”
          “…Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces…”
          “…and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth…”

    9. Jim in Va. says:

      Astroids or aliens? Govt isn’t telling us anymore than we already know…they don’t want us to know nor the Russians/Chinese.

    10. Anonymous says:

      Clearly things impact the Earth & other celestial bodies in our solar system rather frequently. Just look at the moon & evidence on Earth of significant damage, as in craters. I don’t see a problem with working out the launch details to hit the small & fast moving target of an asteroid. If a major explosive was delivered to the asteroid – perhaps many of the smaller pieces would burn up in our atmosphere – therefore reducing the death & destruction on Earth.

      Have you ever seen a shooting star? It’s a small fragment that is d

    11. cranerigger says:

      Clearly things impact the Earth & other celestial bodies in our solar system rather frequently. Just look at the moon & evidence on Earth of significant damage, as in craters. I don’t see a problem with working out the launch details to hit the small & fast moving target of an asteroid. If a major explosive was delivered to the asteroid – perhaps many of the smaller pieces would burn up in our atmosphere – therefore reducing the death & destruction on Earth.

      Have you ever seen a shooting star? It’s a small fragment that is destroyed in our atmosphere.

      We could just stick our heads in the sand & aim our rear-ends toward the stars.

    12. Tater says:

      Funny how some people worry about asteroids and aliens but they never worry about hopping in their automobile and playing with their precious smartphone while driving 80 mph and surrounded by other motorists doing the same thing.

    13. Jocko says:

      Why is the government spending money on solving this problem when Hollywood and Bruce Willis already solved it?

    14. Darth Skippy says:

      The canning factory has been made into a bistro, the car factory into a studio loft, and the mining cart into a flower planter.

      The same 99%, who can’t be trusted with their own autos or cell phones, cannot pull their own weight, so are fodder for the eugenicists, yet expected to annihilate planetoids at distances which cannot be expressed with regular math.

      You’re just laundering subsidies for friends, have no realistic belief in any problem, on the scale of a solar system, if you can’t fix mainstreet.

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