NASA warns that 87 million tons of apocalypse asteroid & # 39; 80,000 times more energy than the atomic bomb of Hiroshima when it collides with the earth
- If the asteroid, named Bennu, hit the earth, it would be 80,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb of Hiroshima, which was dropped by the US in August 1945
- A probe trapped on ominous comparison between our planet and the rock, which, according to NASA, has a 2,700 chance of colliding with the earth next century
- The OSIRIS-Rex probe will land on the surface of Bennu in 2020, where scientists hope to unlock the secrets behind the formulation of human life.
Luke Kenton for Dailymail.com
NASA has taken a beautiful picture of a giant asteroid that rages to the earth and is able to end life as we know it.
But the space agency insists that all preparations for the day of judgment are premature, because it is not expected that the rock will fly through the planet until the next century.
In the image captured by the OSIRIS-Rex probe, the earth and the moon only look like a dot on the 87 million tons of asteroid called Bennu.
The OSIRIS-Rex is currently running around the asteroid on an observation mission, with plans to land on the surface in 2020.
The astonishing image captured by OSIRIS-Rex shows the earth and the moon (below left) in the distance, with Bennu (right) seemingly running towards them.
It collects samples from the rock before it returns to earth, hopefully it helps to unlock some of the secrets behind the origins of human existence.
Scientists hope that the asteroid will help to prove a theory that billions of years ago asteroids colliding with our planet transferred essential chemicals to the surface of the earth, inducing living organisms to formulate.
But Bennu, also called the apocalypse asteroid & # 39; a potential threat of extinction.
The probe will land on the surface of Bennu in 2020 (hopefully) to hopefully help uncover some of the secrets behind our existence on Earth
Larger than the Empire State Building and 1,664 times heavier than the Titanic, when Bennu hit the earth, the impact would release more energy than all the nuclear weapons that had exploded in history.
Or 80,000 times the amount released by the atomic bomb of Hiroshima.
But reassuringly, NASA maintains that the probability that it clashes – around one at 2,700 – is very small, and that people will probably see another day, even if that is the case.
But on the contrary, if the rock proves the contrary, experts say that the spacecraft designed by NASA to stop asteroids are not likely to be effective against Bennu.
There is hope for their newest venture, the HAMMER or Hyper-velocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response Vehicle – designed to inflate asteroids with atomic bombs or to steer the asteroid on a different path.
The rock has a 2700 chance to collide with the planet between 2175 and 2199, according to NASA
Current defense methods designed by the aerospace company would probably not be effective against the giant Bennu according to experts
However, experts say that only one HAMMER is probably as ineffective as its predecessor against Bennu – unless the less favorable nuclear option is used.
"The consequences would be terrible," said Kirsten Howley, a physicist from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who is part of the planetary defense team.
For scientists, the launch of only one deflector boat to Bennu could take up to seven and a half years.
And Howley is of the opinion that it is better to take precautionary preparations earlier than in the past.
"Delay is the biggest enemy of any asteroidal deflection mission," she said.