NASA to divert asteriod Bennu from hitting Earth with spacecraft Hammer

NASA’s nuclear attack on asteroid Bennu to save Earth

Also, Bennu has a 1 in 2,700 chance of striking Earth on September 25, 2135.

The scheme to negate the chances of this large asteroid to hit Earth is called the Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response - more easily referred to as HAMMER.

A small asteroid, about the size of the Empire State building, could be heading towards Earth in the year 2135 and although it isn't as big as the one believed to have hit Earth during the era of the dinosaurs, it is still a cause of grave concern. This push in Bennu's orbit and shape is also an effect of it repeatedly passing close to Venus and Earth, explained NASA.

In an integrated study by NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration, researchers have two realistic responses if Bennu comes too close to Earth.

If the odds are not in Earth's favor, and Bennu becomes a bigger threat, OSIRIS-REx could be followed by a beefier craft that would break off a lot more. This has prompted NASA to send an nearly nine-ton "bulk impactor", created to nudge Bennu out of Earth's orbit, thus saving the planet from the prospective apocalypse.

However, Brent W Barbee - the NASA aerospace engineer who helped author the study on HAMMER - has said the entire thing is still theoretical.

To put it in perspective with actual numbers, the odds of Bennu hitting us are around 1 in 2700, and even if it were to happen the NASA team thinks they have it all figured out. Generating a working framework to avoid an Earth impact could save lives.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stake Boosted by Intrust Bank NA
The iPhone maker reported $3.89 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $3.82 by $0.07. Eric Sprott increased its stake in Lam Research Corp (LRCX) by 49.02% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC.

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

The plan itself involves using nuclear weapons to blow apart asteroids, Armageddon style, but thankfully, the Russian scientists involved with the test weren't actually playing with unsafe radioactive materials.

NASA has a Planetary Defense Coordination Office that tries to detect risky asteroids and comets close to Earth's orbit.

Nasa has been monitoring the enormous space rock since it was discovered in 1999, and has sent out a space probe to take samples. Still, it never hurts to be prepared, and taking steps to be prepared now will protect us from Bennu as well as any other asteroids or space objects that crop up and threaten us here on earth.

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.

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.

Related News:

  • School board fires California teacher who insulted military

    School board fires California teacher who insulted military

    A Pentagon spokeswoman, when asked about Salcido's comments later in January, called the teacher's remarks "very uninformed". Salcido also repeated his contention that less successful students more often join the military, ABC 7 said .
    Place, Ikea's AR Furniture App is Now Available on Android

    Place, Ikea's AR Furniture App is Now Available on Android

    Lowe's is introducing a new augmented reality feature within the Lowe's consumer app that leverages Google's ARCore . Merchants can place real-world items inside of a variety of virtual boxes to determine the right USPS flat rate box.
    AMD will fix security issues with firmware patches

    AMD will fix security issues with firmware patches

    This is the signal from the 20-day MA which is used to monitor changes in share price . ( AMD ) is now moving with downbeat trend. Total volume is the number of shares or deals that point towards the overall activity of a security or market for a given period.
  • Finnish FM: North, South Korean envoys in talks in Finland

    Finnish FM: North, South Korean envoys in talks in Finland

    The 3 countries have not held such a meeting since November 2015, with relations soured by historical and territorial tensions. Mr Moon said on Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear crisis must be resolved completely through the two upcoming summits.
    Nightflyers: Syfy Releases First Look at George RR Martin Series

    Nightflyers: Syfy Releases First Look at George RR Martin Series

    After being put in development in May, the series was fast-tracked with Netflix boarding the project is September. You can see the very brief first-look trailer below.
    High autonomy for JNU, others

    High autonomy for JNU, others

    While the government has liberalised regulations to provide greater autonomy to top institutions, it is also taking steps against deemed-to-be universities that aren't high on performance.
  • Academic behind Facebook breach says political influence was exaggerated

    Academic behind Facebook breach says political influence was exaggerated

    Facebook said it was "outraged" after being "deceived" over the misuse of data by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. He added: "We were assured by Cambridge Analytica that everything was perfectly legal and within the terms of service".
    Jackie Shroff's wife shared Sahil Khan's CDRs with Rizwan Siddiqui: Thane DCP

    Jackie Shroff's wife shared Sahil Khan's CDRs with Rizwan Siddiqui: Thane DCP

    Mr Siddique's wife Tasneem has filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court challenging the manner of his arrest. Not only Kangana but Jackie Shroff's wife Ayesha Shroff is also named in the same case against actor Sahil Khan.
    Baahubali 2 cleared for theatrical release in China

    Baahubali 2 cleared for theatrical release in China

    The makers have recently received the clearance certificate for the blockbuster film's release at the China Box Office. And now, the all-time all-India blockbuster Baahubali 2 is all set to have it's theatrical release in China.
  • Ninja's Monthly Earnings Top $500000 Streaming Fortnite on Twitch

    Ninja's Monthly Earnings Top $500000 Streaming Fortnite on Twitch

    Even when he started to see money from his streams coming in, he stuck with his schooling and his part time job at a noodle bar. Blevins explains that he tries to be entertaining while also bringing high-level gameplay to his stream.

    Inc. Grows Position in Visa (V)

    Moreover, Scott & Selber Incorporated has 3.15% invested in Amazon.com, Inc. 6,900 were reported by Van Cleef Asset Managementinc. Harvest Capital Strategies Lc reported 0.94% of its portfolio in Green Plains Inc. (NYSE:V) rating on Thursday, December 21.
    'Mob rule' has taken over #MeToo, says Hollywood director

    'Mob rule' has taken over #MeToo, says Hollywood director

    Come on, this is crazy!' But Gilliam said the truth was that abuse of power has "always happened". He acknowledged that there has been always an exploitation of power in the industry.


Most liked

Jailed Palestinian teen in good spirits ahead of closed trial, father says
She became an icon of resistance, appearing on murals and posters, after she was filmed hitting soldiers on her driveway, aged 16. The court ordered the trial closed because Ahed was being tried as a minor, as is usual in such cases.

Syrian opposition agree to evacuate town in Ghouta
The Assad administration has seized more than 80 percent of Eastern Ghouta and is demanding that opposition forces withdraw. At least 36 people were killed under the hail of strikes Tuesday, according to the Observatory.

Bayer gets European Commission nod for Monsanto deal
She said the deal would create the world's largest integrated pesticides and seeds company. The approval of USA antitrust authorities for the merger is still pending.

Diego Costa urges Antoine Griezmann to stay at Atletico Madrid
Griezmann continued: "Only in the national team did I feel comfortable, but Diego Costa gave me a helping hand". Then in January, Diego Costa arrived and that took a lot of weight off me.

UK YouTuber convicted of hate crime for teaching dog 'Nazi salutes'
He concluded that Meechan's video met the legal standard for " grossly offensive " speech, and was a violation of the U.K. However, defence agent Ross Brown said there was no evidence Meechan had meant to "stir up hatred on religious grounds".

Henry Cavill pays tribute to his dearly departed mustache
As just about everybody that has seen the Justice League movie has noticed, WB didn't do all that well of a job removing the mustache.

First glimpses from Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan out
The film went on floors last month as Anurag was earlier busy with the shooting of Netflix's web show Sacred Games. This will be the first time that Abhishek will be collaborating with Taapsee and Vicky for a project.

Disasters push Lloyd's of London to £2bn annual loss
Its hefty annual loss comes against pre-tax profits of £2.1 billion in 2016 and marks its first for six years . Nevertheless, total resources remain "strong" at £27.6 billion, according to the statement.

Senators captain Erik Karlsson, wife lose son
Now in his ninth National Hockey League season, Karlsson has eight goals and 48 assists for the struggling Senators. The hockey world reached out through social media to express their condolences after such a tragic loss.

Rauner wins Republican primary, will focus efforts on November
The Democratic front-runner has been advertising on television from almost the moment he announced his candidacy 11 months ago. Pritzker poured about $70 million into the primary contest, while businessman Chris Kennedy , son of the late Robert F.

Does Facebook possess data from deleted user accounts?
U.S. and European lawmakers want to know how Cambridge got the data and why Facebook didn't tell its users about the breach. The company said it learned of the data abuse back in 2015, believing the leaked user information had been deleted.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Set For May 29, 2018 Release
At full price , that's a US$29.99 / £19.99 / €29,99 value plus an additional US$14.99 / £11.99 / €14,99 for the DLC. The Xbox Store has revealed a pre-order promotion for Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection .

Theo Spoerings to leave Fonterra after seven years as CEO
Fonterra posted total revenue of $9.8 billion for the six months ended January 1, up 6% on the same period a year ago. At the time, Fonterra reported that it was "later confirmed that there had been no food safety risk to the public".

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) to acquire Klondex
Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL) touched its 1-Year High price of $6.17 on 04/13/17 and its 1-Year Low price of $3.32 on 03/19/18. The stock of Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, May 30 by RBC Capital Markets.

Railway Recruitment for 9500 RPF soon: Piyush Goyal
Earlier, leader of the opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil raised the students' protest in the Assembly during question hour. Since 2015, Railway jobs are one of the most sought-after jobs among the youth interested in the government jobs.