Today’s post is for anyone who thinks the space program is a waste of money.
Just so you know, a large asteroid is flying by today. NASA has been tracking it for years, and they say they’re confident it will not hit the Earth, but it will come closer to us than the Moon. There are other asteroids whizzing by us all the time, most of them too small to matter, but this one is bigger than an aircraft carrier and could easily destroy a city.
One of NASA’s missions is to track large objects approaching Earth and find ways to deflect them away from our planet. This costs a lot of money, but it’s worth it, and even in the midst of the federal government’s budget problems, NASA’s funding for planetary defense has increased.
The dinosaurs didn’t have a space program, and a large asteroid (roughly thirty times bigger than the one flying past us today) wiped them out. Whatever the cost, we don’t want to make their mistake.
This graphic provided by SPACE.com explains today’s near miss in greater detail. For more on how much money NASA spends to protect us from asteroids, click here.