Monday, December 11, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

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:

6051849
259674
171609

 
Shoes were hidden in walls to ward off witches
12-10-2017
A growing number of old shoes have been discovered concealed inside the walls of British homes.
Mummy discovered in unexplored Luxor tomb
12-10-2017
Archaeologists have uncovered an unidentified mummy within a previously unexplored tomb near Luxor, Egypt.
Woman has eclipse burned on to her retinas
12-9-2017
One viewer of August's total solar eclipse ended up with eye damage in the exact shape of the Sun.
$450 million da Vinci painting buyer revealed
12-9-2017
The mystery of who paid $450 million for Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' has now been solved.
Other news in this category
Boeing is aiming to beat SpaceX to Mars
Posted 12-9-2017 | 10 comments
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has stated that the first human on Mars will have got there on a Boeing rocket....
 
Massive, distant black hole 'shouldn't exist'
Posted 12-7-2017 | 3 comments
A newly discovered supermassive black hole is challenging what scientists know of the early universe....
 
Firm develops spacesuit 'take me home' button
Posted 12-5-2017 | 3 comments
The new system offers a much-needed safety feature to help stranded astronauts get back to the ISS....
 
Voyager 1 fires up dormant backup thrusters
Posted 12-2-2017 | 25 comments
NASA has activated the iconic interstellar probe's backup thrusters for the first time in 37 years....
 
Elon Musk is planning to send his car to Mars
Posted 12-2-2017 | 8 comments
The maiden voyage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will carry Musk's own Tesla Roadster in to space....
 
ESO astronomers discover 72 new galaxies
Posted 11-30-2017 | 3 comments
The new galaxies date back 13 billion years to a time shortly after the formation of the universe....
 
Beer firm aims to brew Budweiser in space
Posted 11-27-2017 | 14 comments
Anheuser-Busch, the company behind Budweiser beer, wants to create a beverage for people to drink on Mars....
 
Mars liquid water discovery cast in to doubt
Posted 11-23-2017 | 36 comments
Dark streaks on the Martian surface thought to be evidence of water may actually be little more than sand....
 
NASA reveals Cassini 'farewell Saturn' image
Posted 11-22-2017 | 12 comments
A breathtaking mosaic of the iconic ringed gas giant has been put together by the Cassini mission team....
 
Interstellar visitor is red and very dark
Posted 11-21-2017 | 81 comments
An asteroid thought to have come from interstellar space is carrying organic carbon-based molecules....
 
Fireball lights up the night sky over Finland
Posted 11-18-2017 | 3 comments
A time-lapse camera captured the moment an intense fireball streaked across the sky over Lapland....
 

 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