Asteroid To Hit Earth in 2036?

An asteroid may come uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036 and the United Nations should assume responsibility for a space mission to deflect it, a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said on Saturday.

Astronomers are monitoring an asteroid named Apophis, which has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking Earth on April 13, 2036.

Although the odds of an impact by this particular asteroid are low, a recent congressional mandate for NASA to upgrade its tracking of near-Earth asteroids is expected to uncover hundreds, if not thousands of threatening space rocks in the near future, former astronaut Rusty Schweickart said.

“It’s not just Apophis we’re looking at. Every country is at risk. We need a set of general principles to deal with this issue,” Schweickart, a member of the Apollo 9 crew that orbited the earth in March 1969, told an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Francisco.

Schweickart plans to present an update next week to the U.N. Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on plans to develop a blueprint for a global response to an asteroid threat.

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6 Responses to Asteroid To Hit Earth in 2036?

  1. joshy says:

    we all need to do something to protect out planet!!!!!!

  2. Jonathon J.A.E Carroll says:

    what do have to fear, as long as we do use the nuclear weapons for war and instead use them to destroy asteroids. mathematically if you hit the asteroid in a specific spot it will spit and we wouldnt even need to worry of the “after- bits” of the asteroid hitting our planet. if the after bits did it wouldnt be as catastrophic as the apothis. if scientists req. my assistance they may track me down in canada. i gave my name, youll probobly need me when im 45– hence 2036…

  3. jonathon j.a.e carroll says:

    sorry i meant “not” use nuclear weapons for war.

  4. isak2000 says:

    If that happens make that rock make it go boom and this is not true it’s a fake it in 2036 everyone will be ok so shut up.

  5. Jonathan says:

    maybe when it comes we could just blow it up

  6. By April 2036 we will have already destroyed planet Earth ourselves by pollution (including overpopulation) and misuse of the natural lands and oceans. We are rapidly driving to extinction much of our flora and fauna. None of us bi-ped apes will be around to see the “our” planet hit by a large asteroid, neither will most of the animal life we will have already exterminated. We are the worst thing that ever happened to planet Earth.

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