So, many of us in IT service know about Elon Musk’s dreams. They include sending people on the moon to live. They also include fighting one of humanity’s greatest threats. It’s Elon Musk vs. asteroid.
But Musk isn’t the only one. Because this week, some of the most brilliant minds in the world will come to Washington, DC. But they’re not coming to see the cherry blossoms. Instead, they’re fighting an fictional asteroid that’s slamming into earth at over 30,000 mph. Now before you go crazy, let me put this disclaimer out. NASA and others insists this is just a drill. There is no real threat or imminent danger of this happening…as of right now.
Musk and some of the world’s brightest minds discuss this world-ending situation at the Planetary Defense Conference. In this play, they see a huge asteroid coming to earth. There’s a 1 in 50,000 chance it will hit. But a month later, that number jumps to 1 in 100. Also in this play, they brace for impact in April 2027 (darn! There goes my 2028 Olympic plans!). But now, they work to intercept and change the asteroid’s direction. They also prepare for worse case scenario. What if it comes and they can’t do anything about it?
However, here is something else. NASA summoned Musk to help out with this. In fact, his Space X will help NASA test an ‘impactor craft’. This device will either destroy or direct an asteroid in another direction. In the early 2020s, they plan to take on an asteroid named Didymos. Don’t worry; it’s not going to hit us. But they plan to attack it when it’s 6.3 million miles from the Earth. Space X and NASA are collaborating on other asteroid fighting plans too. But what do you think of Elon Musk vs. asteroid? Could this save our world one day? Or is this just science-fiction coming to life?