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NASA head: Expect a major asteroid strike in your lifetime

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This week, as scientists work through an exercise simulating an imminent asteroid impact with Earth, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine warned that we need to take the real-world threat seriously.

Bridenstine acknowledged "the giggle factor," the dismissive response the topic has met with in the past, at the start of his keynote remarks Monday at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland. 

"We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it's not about movies," he said. "This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life, and that is the planet Earth."

As part of the conference activities, space agencies will also be live-tweeting a fictional exercise simulating what it might be like if an asteroid were discovered on a collision course with our planet.  


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1 hour ago, Man of Culture said:

1 in 50,000 doesn't sound like "very low probability" at all. I mean, the likelihood of an accidental nuke incident is something like 1 in 100,000 which also isn't really good.

If it makes you feel better, the odds of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime are 1 in 12000.

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22 minutes ago, Bloodporne said:

I mean, let's be honest, who wouldn't prefer seeing this shit in their lifetime over dying while watching reruns of Matlock in a Florida nursing home with pastel palm tree wallpaper. 




*raises hand*


Screw y'all. I want to see my grandkids and then die of old age, damn it!

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13 hours ago, Chollowa said:

I'm only chiming in to say that Armageddon is a better movie than Deep Impact in every possible way. One of these films has a Criterion Collection version of it, the other is Deep Impact. 




It has a Criterion Collection release not because it's a good movie but because of its technical merits. More people actually watch Deep Impact and took the movie seriously, and that makes all the difference. 

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