Why Is NASA Working So Hard To Learn How To Defend The Earth From Giant Asteroids?

Did you know that NASA is going to send a spacecraft on a suicide mission in an attempt to change the trajectory of a massive space rock?  The good news is that the space rock that NASA will be crashing this spacecraft into is not on a collision course with Earth.  It is only a test.  But why has NASA suddenly become so concerned with figuring out how to defend the Earth from giant asteroids?  Could it be possible that there is something heading toward Earth in the future that they haven’t told us about yet?

According to NASA, there are more than 26,000 asteroids that pass near Earth, and more than 2,000 of them are classified as “potentially dangerous” asteroids.

Most of those “potentially dangerous” asteroids aren’t that large, but 158 of them do have a diameter of more than one kilometer.

If one of those monsters were to hit us, it would be a disaster of cataclysmic proportions.

Of course there are countless other space rocks that our scientists have not discovered yet, and those probably represent the greatest threat.  Because if you don’t see a threat coming, you can’t get prepared for it in advance.

These days, NASA officials have become quite preoccupied by the threat that giant space rocks potentially pose, and we are being told that “scientists are at work on a plan to avoid the destruction of Earth by an errant asteroid”.  The following comes from an article that was just published by the Boston Globe

NASA and a cadre of the world’s leading engineers and space scientists are at work on a plan to avoid the destruction of Earth by an errant asteroid like the one 65 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs, created a cloud of dust so impenetrable that it blocked out the sun, and plunged the planet into a prolonged winter that sent half of all plant life into extinction.

Personally, I think that this is something that NASA should definitely be focusing on, because the threat is very real.

Most people don’t realize this, but our planet is actually being pelted by space debris on a constant basis at this point.  In fact, NASA says that we are being hit by very small objects “every day”

Every day, Earth is bombarded by tons of dust and sand-sized particles from the solar system. Meteoroids burn up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere causing little or no damage. They are easy to spot, streaking across the night sky in brilliant, short-lived bursts of light. Of more concern are the asteroids that pass by Earth unnoticed; they are difficult to detect and track as observers depend on reflected sunlight to spot them.

Thankfully, the vast majority of the objects that we encounter are too small to do any damage.

But it is just a matter of time before a really big space rock comes along.

NASA officials like to give the impression that they have a really good idea of what is going on up there, but the truth is that our ability to detect large space rocks is still quite limited.  In May, a “potentially hazardous” asteroid that came close to Earth was only discovered about a week before it arrived

The reason why 2021 KT1 is news is that NASA estimates that it’s between 492 feet/150 meters and 1,082 feet/330 meters in diameter. It wasn’t observed until late in May 2021 just a week before its closest pass.

And late last year a fairly large asteroid was not discovered until it had already buzzed dangerously close to our planet

Wow. A low-flying space rock set a record last Friday (appropriately, the 13th), when 2020 VT4 passed just under 400 kilometers (250 miles) over the Southern Pacific.

The asteroid was spotted by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) survey at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 14th, just 15 hours after approach. This is not uncommon for fast-movers, especially asteroids that are coming at the Earth from our sunward blind-spot, like 2020 VT4.

So if a major threat is headed our way, we may or may not see it coming in advance.

If we do have advance warning that a huge asteroid is coming, obviously we would want to try to do something about it.  With such a scenario in mind, NASA will soon be crashing the DART spacecraft into a giant space rock called Dimorphos

Developed by a team of scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, DART is an unmanned, remotely controlled astronomical suicide mission designed to nudge an asteroid that is half a mile in diameter out of its orbit. Doomsayers take note: This is only a test. The asteroid in question, Didymos — Greek for “twin,” and so named because it was discovered to be paired with its own small moon — is not actually on a collision course with Earth.

Sometime between Thanksgiving week (perhaps as soon as the evening of Nov. 23) and February 2022, the team behind DART will launch it from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft will, if all goes according to plan, travel 6.8 million miles to reach and collide with Didymos’s moonlet, Dimorphos, which is 525 feet in diameter.

Is NASA testing out technology that they plan to use on another giant space rock at a later date?

Some have suggested that an asteroid known as Apophis could hit us on April 13th, 2029

On April 13, 2029 (which happens to be Friday the 13th), something unsettling will happen.

A decent-sized asteroid, the 1,100-foot-wide Apophis, will pass so close to Earth it’ll be visible in the sky from certain places. Crucially, the giant rock will not strike our humble planet. But it will pass closer than 20,000 miles from the surface, which is closer than where some of the United States’ most prized weather satellites orbit.

But NASA insists that Apophis will not hit us “for at least a century”

After its discovery in 2004, asteroid 99942 Apophis had been identified as one of the most hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth. But that impact assessment changed as astronomers tracked Apophis and its orbit became better determined.

Now, the results from a new radar observation campaign combined with precise orbit analysis have helped astronomers conclude that there is no risk of Apophis impacting our planet for at least a century.

Estimated to be about 1,100 feet (340 meters) across, Apophis quickly gained notoriety as an asteroid that could pose a serious threat to Earth when astronomers predicted that it would come uncomfortably close in 2029. Thanks to additional observations of the near-Earth object (NEO), the risk of an impact in 2029 was later ruled out, as was the potential impact risk posed by another close approach in 2036.

The orbit of Apophis is now very well known by astronomers all over the globe.  To me, all of the giant space rocks that are floating around up there that we don’t know about represent a much greater threat.

Unfortunately, the number of large space rocks going by our planet has been steadily increasing, and I believe that there is a good chance that we could see an asteroid impact long before 2029 ever rolls around.

If NASA officials know about such a threat, for now they aren’t admitting that to the public.

But they are admitting that they are trying to figure out how to deflect a very large asteroid, and that should definitely be getting our attention.

***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***

About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com.  In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned)  By purchasing the books you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe.  I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe.  I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article.  The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions.  I encourage you to follow me on social media on FacebookTwitter and Parler, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.

6 Asteroids Will Make Close Approaches To Earth On Inauguration Day

After all of the weirdness that we have witnessed over the past year, it just wouldn’t feel right if something strange didn’t happen on Inauguration Day.  And right on cue, NASA is telling us that six asteroids will make close approaches to our planet within that 24 hour period.  One would be noteworthy, but six almost seems like overkill.  Could it be possible that someone is trying to get our attention?  Over the past couple of years, the number of “near misses” that we have had with asteroids has seemed to increase dramatically.  And as I have discussed previously, sometimes we don’t even see them until they have already gone past our planet.  This is a trend that I am going to keep a close eye on, because scientists assure us that eventually our luck will run out and our planet will get hit by a big one.

The good news is that none of the asteroids that are heading our direction will hit us on Inauguration Day.  But the fact that so many are buzzing the Earth all at once is definitely noteworthy

NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies reported that six pieces of space rock will be passing by our planet tomorrow, 20th Jan., when the US celebrates Inauguration Day — the day when the new president-elect is vested with the powers of his office.

The agency says everything should be alright and that these meteorites will zip past harmlessly. Still, after 2020 and this election’s history, we can all be forgiven some wallowing in skepticism and despair at the thought that they might not. We’ve earned it.

If 7 asteroids were zipping by our planet, many would consider that to be a good sign, because the number 7 is generally associated with good things.

But the number 6 is a different matter altogether.

And it turns out that one of the giant space rocks is almost exactly as tall as the Statue of Liberty

One of the rocks has the potential to be almost as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, an iconic American landmark.

Asteroid 2021 BC will be travelling at around 29,000 miles per hour when it passes Earth and could be up to 302ft.

For reference, the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet tall.

All of this might mean something, or it might mean nothing at all.

I just found it to be interesting, and so I decided to write about it.

In addition to everything that I just shared, a giant space rock known as “Asteroid 2021 BO” flew by our planet at a distance of just 0.06 lunar distances on the 18th

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 BO flew past Earth at 0.06 LD / 0.00016 AU (23 935 km / 14 900 miles) at 08:19 UTC on January 18, 2021. On the same day, at 01:16 UTC, another asteroid — designated 2021 BK — flew past us at a distance of 0.59 LD (0.00151 AU).

2021 BO is the 5th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 23rd closest flyby on record.

0.06 lunar distances is closer than many of the orbits of our communications satellites.

So that was a very close call.

And once again we see the number 6 popping up.

I am sure that is just a coincidence.

Also, who do you think of when you see the initials “BO”?

Needless to say, most people think of Barack Obama.

Joe Biden served under Barack Obama for two terms, and this asteroid known as “BO” just happened to fly by our planet two days before Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Once again, I do not know if any of this actually means anything.

I just find it to be interesting.

Switching gears, when Joe Biden takes the oath of office it is officially going to mark the end of an era.

For the past four years, we have had to endure an endless parade of Internet rumors, outright lies and false “prophecies”.

For the past four years, we have been told over and over again that there was a “plan”, that thousands of high profile criminals were about to be brought to justice, and that Donald Trump would surely have a second term.

Even after the Electoral College voted, many continued to cling to outrageous fantasies that had absolutely no basis in reality.

Now a very long list of people will be proven wrong, and millions of Americans will be emotionally shattered as the hoaxes they believed come crashing down all around them.

Just like journalists in the mainstream media, those of us that serve in the independent media have a responsibility to share information that is factual, accurate and grounded in reality.

Yes, we can speculate about what may or may not happen in the political realm, and it is certainly okay to have strong opinions about the crazy events that are transpiring all around us.

But continuously feeding people information that is obviously false is not okay, and perpetuating wild fantasies that originate from fraudulent sources is not okay either.

Those that have been knowingly pushing false information should not criticize the mainstream media for putting out “fake news” because they are doing the exact same thing.

Even worse are the charlatans that convinced millions upon millions of people that God told them that Donald Trump would win the election.

No He didn’t.

Those fakers should be ashamed of themselves.  All throughout human history, there have been true prophets and there have been false prophets, and our time is no different.  And now that millions of people have been let down by false prophets, it is going to make it so much more difficult to share the true voices that have been relentlessly warning us about what is coming.

But right at this moment, there are millions upon millions of people out there that don’t want to hear about anything because they believed the lies that they were fed day after day and now they are emotionally devastated.

I think that it would do our society a tremendous amount of good to rededicate ourselves to seeking the truth no matter what the cost.

Deception is absolutely rampant on both the left and the right, and that is extremely sad.

Hopefully what has happened will serve as a wake up call for lots of people, because time is truly running out for our country.

***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***

About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com.  In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned)  By purchasing the books you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe.  I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe.  I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article.  The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions.  I encourage you to follow me on social media on FacebookTwitter and Parler, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.

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