Let’s face it, we’ve all worried about a giant asteroid crashing into the Earth from time to time. (It’s typically number three on the nerdy list of personal fears, right below a Zombie apocalypse and Alien shapeshifters.)
Well, we’ve got bad news and good news. The bad news is that apparently an asteroid may be slamming into the Earth with the force of hundreds of nukes. The good news is that there’s only a 1 in 1,000 chance that it might…and if it does, it’ll probably do it in 2182, wiping out all your snotty great-grandkids who are listening to your old Metallica CDs (but telling everyone they’re doing it “ironically.”)
NASA’s on the case, though. They’re planning to send a mission to the asteroid (1999 RQ36) to map it and get rock samples. It won’t be until 2016, and won’t be doing anything to stop it, especially since it was planned before they realized it might slam into Earth. As NASA scientiest Michael Drake said, “Being one of the easiest targets to get to coincidently means that it also can easily hit us, too. When we were putting this mission proposal together, however, we really didn’t connect those dots.”
I gotta say, I’m not sure how you don’t connect such big friggin’ dots.