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NASA has denied rumors of a doomsday asteroid, yet within days of the denial they have announced plans to team up with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop a plan to use nuclear weapons to defend the planet from what could be an apocalyptic event. A move that has many conspiracy theorist wondering if the agency is being honest about the predicted asteroid impact in September of this year.
The announcement of the partnership with the NNSA in the New York Times, comes day before the first official “Asteroid Day” on June 30. June 30 is the anniversary of an asteroid impact that occurred in Siberia. The impact devastated 800 square miles of forest. Scientist hope that by having an Asteroid Day it will bring awareness to the threat of near-Earth objects that are in space, and prompt governments to establish more advanced way of tracking and detecting them. In 2013 the Chelyabinsk meteor impact above Russia caused a 500 kiloton airburst. The meteor was estimated to be about 20 meters and to weight between 7,000-13,000 metric tons. The surprise impact injured 1,500 people and highlighted the fact that scientist and the world are unprepared for such an event. NASA administrator Charles Bolden told Congress in March of 2013, that prayer is the only defense the country has if a large asteroid were to hit the Earth
According to the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Neil deGrasse Tyson, there are hordes of these objects orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. He also cautioned that some of these asteroid’s orbits come a little to close to the Earth. Astronomers for NASA that look for near-Earth asteroids believe that there are around one million asteroid that pose a threat to the planet, and that only a small amount of those asteroids have been found. NASA has focused its attention on asteroids that are one kilometer in size and are threatening the planet. Smaller asteroid prove difficult to locate due to technical issues. So far the agency has pinpointed 1,500 “potentially hazardous asteroids”(PHAs) that are one km in size.
The rumors of a doomsday asteroid impacting Earth and causing an apocalyptic event have not been eased since NASA’s denial, and now with the agency working on a plan to use nuclear weapons to defend the planet, some see this as evidence that the agency and world governments are hiding the truth from the public. Astronomers have in the past been outspoken about the threat asteroids pose for the planet and have voiced their frustration that the government has not taken the threat as seriously as they should. John Kessler an astronomer at NASA has said that the Earth is under constant threat from what he calls a ‘killer” space rock.“There is an asteroid with our name on it and it will hit us.” astronomer and Professor Brian Cox said recently.
Questions are arising of why now, and what has happened to get both agencies to all the sudden take seriously a threat that they have seemed to almost ignore in the past? Does NASA know something? End-time theorist, many who believe that the end is near, point to Matthew 24:29; “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” The word star in the New Testament is translated to English from the Greek word aster leaving many to interpret it as a prophecy of an asteroid impact on Earth in the end-times. Even people in the scientific community have predicted the end of the human race within the next century due to climate change, perhaps the end is coming quicker then some think. It is somewhat odd and understandable why some would wonder why just days after denying that a doomsday asteroid is on a collision course with the Earth, that NASA would then team up with NNSA in an effort to develop a nuclear system to protect the planet from a potential apocalyptic event. This generation like others before it may feel as if the world is on the brink of collapse, and like in times past many are screaming that the end is near, but for many the question is not if, but only how. Will the destruction of the planet come about by humans themselves or is God really ready to pass judgment in the form of an asteroid from heaven?
Opinion by Jessica Hamel
Huffington Post: NASA Working With National Nuclear Security Administration On Plan to Use Nukes On Doomsday Asteroid
Inquisitr: NASA Prepares For Asteroid Impact Event-Plans To Use Nuke To Blow Up Killer Asteroids On Collision Course With Earth
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