Earth is due for an “extinction-level” event from the sky, and even if we see it coming, we won’t be able to do anything about it, a NASA scientist said Monday.What's worse, can you imagine Donald Trump as President announcing an asteroid was about to hit the planet? None of the gravitas of movie Presidents. It would be something like this (read it in your mind in Trump voice):
Speaking at a meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Joseph Nuth of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said large asteroids and comets, the type that could wipe out civilization, are extremely rare, but tend to hit “50 to 60 million years apart.” Given that a comet wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, one could argue that we’re slightly past “due.”
“The biggest problem, basically, is there’s not a hell of a lot we can do about it at the moment,” he added.
"They tell me it's serious. Very, very serious, folks.... [muffled aside] What's that?..oh, OK
Well, gotta run, it's every man for himself..."