The government shutdown yesterday sent home about 800,000 federal workers. Among them are NASA workers who search the skies for killer asteroids.
NASA tweeted, “In the event of government shutdown, we will not be posting or responding from this account. We sincerely hope to resume tweets soon.”
Well, we had a good run! You think I may be exaggerating but we’re dodging Armageddon all the time. According to The Washington Post, last February, an asteroid about 150 feet across came closer to Earth than the Moon and even some of our satellites. A collision would have resulted in an explosion equivalent to around 2.4 million tons of TNT.
Even if that asteroid did hit Earth, there really wasn’t anything we could do. The giant space rock was discovered about a year before it flew past us and we really don’t have a stop-the-killer-asteroid type plan just lying around. Scientists are too busy advising Hollywood films based on the scenario to actually solve the problem.
It’s not all bad news, though! NASA later cleared up their previous tweet and said that many astronomers and observatories would still be watching the sky. Unfortunately, the government is shut down, so if they did find a killer asteroid, no one would be around to answer the call.
OK, maybe it is all bad news.