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Earth Due for 'Extinction' via an Asteroid or Comet Strike, Warns NASA Scientist

Dec 15, 2016 10:31 AM EST
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NASA Scientist Warns Earth Due for Extinction
Scientist from NASA sends out a warning claiming the earth is close to extinction.
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Recent scientific studies have shown that the Earth is slowly dying due to the amount of pollution and the over population. However, a NASA scientist has sent out a warning claiming that the extinction of the earth is soon due - and despite efforts to stop it, it will come. The cause of Earth's extinction is said to be a comet or asteroid strike.

According to a report from Forbes, award-winning scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Joseph Nuth, announced the warning during the annual American Geophysical Union meeting last Monday in San Francisco. Nuth urged policymakers to prepare for a cataclysmic strike.

"But on the other hand, they are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they're 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially," stated Nuth via FOX News. "You could say, of course, we're due, but it's a random course at that point."

Nuth exaggerated his warning with another claim - humanity is reportedly not prepared for such threat. Now, the scientist is calling on the space agency to build not just one, but two spacecrafts -one being the interceptor and the other being the observer.

Yet, to attempt such a mission, NASA would have to make drastic changes between mission approval and mission launch. Space.com also adds that the space agency would have to make a formal request to the Congress for the mission's approval.

However, NASA officials have already spoken up about Nuth's warning. The space agency says that the public shouldn't worry for at least the next century as they are placing a high priority over finding asteroids and comets that could have a possible impact on the earth.

"NASA places a high priority on finding and characterizing any hazardous asteroids and comets as much in advance as possible, to have sufficient time to protect our home planet from a potential impact," reads the statement. "The agency continues to aggressively develop strategies and plans with partners in the US and abroad to enhance our identification and tracking efforts, and develop options for mitigation and planetary defense."

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