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Empire State Building-sized asteroid could hit Earth... in 2135

Empire State Building-sized asteroid could hit Earth... in 2135

As of October 2, 2017, NASA reports the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was more than 3 million miles from Earth or about 13 times the distance between our planet and its moon.

Preparing itself to deal with a potential asteroid impact, NASA has drawn up plans to build a huge nuclear spacecraft that is capable of shunting or blowing up unsafe space rocks and safeguarding life on Earth. Here, it is important to mention that Asteroids of various sizes hit the Earth. However, as it turns out, its path could prove to be problematic for our planet in less than 120 years from now.

According to the study, NASA would use a spacecraft functioning as a kinetic impactor to deflect or push the asteroid out of Earth's orbit.

September 22, 2135, to be exact.

Space.com explained: "Because Bennu is so dark, it tends to absorb the sun's radiation".

NASA has traced a huge object Bennu that is revolving around the Sun at the speed of 63,000 miles per hour. In certain cases, NASA would set off a nuclear weapon.

Things from space smack into Earth all the time. "There is a chance that Bennu will be ejected from the inner solar system after a close encounter with Jupiter".

Empire State Building-sized asteroid could hit Earth... in 2135
Empire State Building-sized asteroid could hit Earth... in 2135

Scientists based at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been working with NASA on a spacecraft called HAMMER (Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response vehicle). Or, for people who love acronyms and despise subtlety: HAMMER. "Please don't print that an asteroid is going to crash into Earth in The Washington Post", he quipped to the outlet that first reported the possibility of this occurrence.

But that doesn't mean there is no practical application, Barbee told The Post.

Creating a framework to help avoid an Earth impact with space junk is designed to save lives as until recently it had been all built around luck.

Earth is hit by asteroids with surprising regularity but most are too small to do much damage or fall in unpopulated areas.

"CNEOS (Center for Near Earth Object Studies) has calculated that the cumulative risk of impact by Bennu during this 24-year period is 0.037% or a 1 in 2,700 chance". NASA's OSIRIS-Rex will also map Bennu and figure out what the asteroid is made of.

But asteroid Bennu also offers a chance for the defense coordination to test their plans for deflecting such celestial threats to our planet.

Bennu is, the report says, a "well-studied roughly spherical body" that gives researchers a good target for their calculations - data points to punch into the algorithm.

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