(PCM) Conspiracy theorists were in a tizzy as internet rumors began swirling that a giant asteroid was careening towards the Earth and that we were due for a global catastrophe that could possibly end human life as we know it. NASA has now put those fears to rest letting everyone know that as far as they know the world will not be coming to an end next month as they see no asteroid in sight that would impact the Earth in that particular time frame.
In a statement NASA says “There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates ( between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015)”. The rumors stated that the asteroid was scheduled to make its’ impact with the Earth somewhere near Puerto Rico between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015, destroying swaths of North, Central and South America in its’ wake.
There even happens to be a Near-Earth Object office manned by NASA whose job it is to watch, track and categorize any type of asteroids or comets that happen to pass by within 300 million miles of the Earth. NASA goes on to say that not a single one of the identified objects even has a slight chance of impacting the Earth anytime within the next century.
NASA is even currently hard at work on a protection plan for Earth should a crisis with an asteroid or other celestial body come close to impact called the Asteroid Redirect Mission. They are developing a “gravity tractor” technique that would be able to divert the asteroid from coming into contact with the Earth’s surface.
So, relax everyone! NASA has it covered and we can rest assured that global dissemination will not occur next month, at least not in the form of a flying space object!