Elon Musk believes that one day our planet Earth will be hit by a giant celestial body, and currently it lacks "protection from asteroids."
SpaceX's chief executive, Elon Musk, believes that a large asteroid will one day hit the Earth, raising the question of the “lack of protection” of the planet from asteroids. It caused this as part of the expected approach to Earth in 2029 of an asteroid with an approximate size of four football fields, called Apophis.
“Divine name! I would not worry about this particular subject, but a large stone will ultimately hit the Earth, and currently we have no protection,” he wrote on his Twitter.
Great name! Do not worry about this, but over time, a large stone will hit the Earth, and currently we have no protection. https://t.co/XhY8uoNNax
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 18, 2019
NASA previously announced a collaboration with SpaceX as part of the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) project, which aims to divert asteroids so that they don't crash on our planet Earth.
Asteroid of four football fields
With approximately four football fields, the asteroid Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of chaos, is currently located more than 200 million kilometers from Earth, but approaches half a kilometer every second. ,
It regularly flies around the Earth in its orbit, but the latest optical and radar data indicate that in 2029 it will increase to 30,000 km. The distance between our planet and the moon is less than one tenth. If Apophis hits the Earth, the strike will be about the same as about 15,000 nuclear charges that explode simultaneously. The rapprochement should take place on Friday, April 13, in ten years, NASA reports.
In turn, NASA researchers have virtually ruled out the possibility of a collision with the Earth, according to the space agency. On the other hand, she also said that this rapprochement would provide an excellent opportunity to study the asteroid in detail.