Friday, January 20, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

What is the risk of extinction by asteroid ?


Posted on Sunday, 24 March, 2013 | Comment icon 53 comments | News tip by: AsteroidX


Image credit: ESA

 
Asteroids have wiped out life on Earth before - what are the chances of another hit any time soon ?

In a comment certain to elicit a certain degree of trepidation, NASA administrator Charles Bolden remarked at a hearing on Tuesday that if an asteroid was on it's way with only a few weeks notice then the only thing that anyone could do was 'pray'.

"The odds of a near-Earth object strike causing massive casualties and destruction of infrastructure are very small, but the potential consequences of such an event are so large it makes sense to take the risk seriously," he said. "From the information we have, we don't know of an asteroid that will threaten the population of the United States, but if it's coming in three weeks, pray."

"Mr Bolden told US lawmakers that prayer was all that the US or anyone could currently do about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth."

  View: Full article |  Source: Telegraph

  Discuss: View comments (53)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #44 Posted by Mikko-kun on 28 March, 2013, 2:25
Then a Moon-sized object colliding with the earth would be Mooneorite, right? At least we get the term right if it comes
Comment icon #45 Posted by brainiac on 28 March, 2013, 4:48
Obviously it was not asteroid but climate change have wiped out life on earth.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Lilly on 28 March, 2013, 9:04
Then a Moon-sized object colliding with the earth would be Mooneorite, right? At least we get the term right if it comes If something that big (moon sized) slams into us it's not gonna matter too much what we call it...'game over' would be a good tag.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Frank Merton on 28 March, 2013, 9:59
One "mooneorite" and all debate on this planet is done with.
Comment icon #48 Posted by smokeycat on 28 March, 2013, 15:10
A comet is an icy small solar system body which, when close enough to the Sun, exhibits a coma and/or a tail. The coma and tail are caused by volatile material on the comet's nucleus being vaporised by the solar wind. Interesting...
Comment icon #49 Posted by Junior Chubb on 28 March, 2013, 15:17
That's no mooneorite.... That's a Spacestationeorite!!!
Comment icon #50 Posted by Occams Razor on 29 March, 2013, 12:07
You can get ointment to neutralize asteroids from your doctor.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Mikko-kun on 29 March, 2013, 13:28
If something that big (moon sized) slams into us it's not gonna matter too much what we call it...'game over' would be a good tag. Maybe it will dodge us if we're polite and get the name right
Comment icon #52 Posted by Frank Merton on 29 March, 2013, 13:34
The earth, with a diameter of 8,000 miles, is an extremely small target in its orbit with a radius of 97 million miles. No wonder it doesn't get hit all that often.
Comment icon #53 Posted by spayneuter on 29 March, 2013, 16:43
Thank you everybody! This subject interests me now. I googled meteor and got too many options. Could you all recommend a reliable and understandable site?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5856460
264594
165120

 
Namibia fairy circle mystery solved at last ?
1-19-2017
Ecologists believe that they may have finally solved the mystery behind Namibia's mysterious circles.
Yellow-haired moth named after Donald Trump
1-19-2017
A new species of tiny moth with a wingspan of just 0.4 inches has been named after the President-elect.
60% of primate species are facing extinction
1-18-2017
A worrying new study has shown just how vulnerable many of the world's primate species actually are.
CIA uploads millions of declassified files
1-18-2017
The documents cover everything from UFO sightings to government-backed remote viewing experiments.
Other news in this category
Curiosity discovers metallic meteorite on Mars
Posted 1-18-2017 | 3 comments
The rover has come across what scientists believe to be an iron-nickel meteorite on the Martian surface....
 
New video reveals Huygens' harrowing descent
Posted 1-17-2017 | 5 comments
NASA has released a new video recreating the Huygens probe's historic touchdown on Saturn's moon Titan....
 
SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket
Posted 1-15-2017 | 3 comments
The private space firm has resumed operations following the explosion of one of its rockets last year....
 
Giant towers of ice discovered on Pluto
Posted 1-14-2017 | 8 comments
The discovery marks the first time this phenomenon has been observed anywhere other than on the Earth....
 
Asteroid narrowly avoids striking the Earth
Posted 1-10-2017 | 30 comments
A previously unknown asteroid dubbed 2017 AG13 passed between the Earth and the Moon yesterday....
 
New photograph shows the Earth from Mars
Posted 1-9-2017 | 12 comments
NASA has recently published a stunning new photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter....
 
NASA announces two new asteroid missions
Posted 1-8-2017 | 0 comments
Known as Lucy and Psyche, the new spacecraft will be studying two relics of the early solar system....
 
NASA announces new X-ray space telescope
Posted 1-5-2017 | 5 comments
A budget of $188 million has been assigned to the new mission which will be launching within three years....
 
SpaceX set to resume launches on January 8th
Posted 1-3-2017 | 4 comments
The private space firm is planning to begin launching satellites again following last year's explosion....
 
Meteor filmed soaring over erupting volcano
Posted 1-2-2017 | 2 comments
The impressive spectacle was caught on camera over the erupting Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica....
 
Mars rover hits mineral deposit 'jackpot'
Posted 12-31-2016 | 16 comments
Curiosity has discovered minerals from over several million years of the Red Planet's geological history....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ