Dinosaur-killing' asteroid, canceled per Lou Baldin
Earth overdue for crash with 'dinosaur-killing' asteroid, Nasa warns
JON SHARMAN| The Independent | Updated: Dec 18, 2016, 01.59 PM IST
I have been authorized to cancel all dinosaur-killing asteroids. In fact, I'm setting up a "save the dinosaur" campaign starting immediately. Please send donations to Lou. Thank you very, very, much!
I've also been authorized by the cosmic galactic dudes and dudettes to cancel and void any human-killing asteroids for the foreseeable and also distant future. The cosmic people (investors) have invested dearly in infrastructure to house for galactic ET VIPs all kinds of wine and other substances of earthly goods with promises of good cheer (this time of year), inside of planet Earth, located way down deep under Earth's crust and will not allow or tolerate for any reason the destruction of such goodies and delicious munchies on Earth. Humans will directly benefit from this cosmic edict to protect the good cheer (for those in the VIP lounge), and be allowed to do what humans do, continue undisturbed to infest, trash and war monger on the Earth's surface area, only.
Planet Earth is effectively defenceless in the face of a "dinosaur-killer" asteroid strike, a Nasa scientist has warned. And the planet is overdue for an extinction-level event involving a giant space object - such as an asteroid or comet - following a number of close encounters over the last 20 years, Dr Joseph Nuth said.
Large objects from outer space that could cause mass extinctions have tended to hit Earth about 50 to 60 million years apart. The dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago by an asteroid that struck what is now the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr Nuth, speaking at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in San Francisco, said that if a potentially dangerous object was on a crash-course with our planet "there's not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment", according to The Guardian.
He said: "They are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they're 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially. You could say, of course, we're due."
Earth had a "close encounter" with a comet in 1996 and again in 2014, when one passed "within cosmic spitting distance of Mars", he said. Scientists had only 22 months' warning time for the second pass, less than half the time currently needed to get a craft capable of deflecting such an object into space, Dr Nuth said. He said he had recommended Nasa build an interceptor craft and keep it in storage in order to cut down on the time it takes to organize such a mission.
Dr Cathy Plesko, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, told the Guardian that humans could deflect an Earth-bound asteroid or comet with either a nuclear warhead or a "kinetic impactor, which is basically a giant cannonball".