NASA to launch probe to investigate ‘Armageddon’ asteroid

July 2016SPACE NASA is planning to launch a probe to collect rock samples from an asteroid it fears could one day hit Earth. The asteroid, named Bennu, can be seen from Earth as it crosses the planet’s orbit every six years. Bennu, which is around 500m in diameter at its equator and travels around the sun at 63,000 mph, will pass between Earth and the moon in 2135.  “That 2135 fly-by is going to tweak Bennu’s orbit, potentially putting it on course for the Earth later that century,” Dante Lauretta, professor of planetary science at Arizona University, told the Sunday Times.
“It may be destined to cause immense suffering and death,” he added. Mr Lauretta, NASA’s principal investigator in charge of the Osiris-Rex probe mission to Bennu, launching in September, said the probe will map the asteroid, pick up some rock samples and then head back to Earth. He said information on the asteroid’s size, mass and composition could be “vital data for future generations.” Osiris-Rex will arrive at Bennu in 2018 and will spend a year surveying the asteroid’s chemical makeup, mineralogy and geologic history. Information gathered during the observation will help scientists understand how its course is affected by absorbing and radiating sunlight as heat. The probe will then take a sample from the asteroid before heading back to Earth for 2023.
The asteroid was discovered on September 11, 1999. Yes, 9.11.1999. Bennu was named by Michael Puzio, a third-grader from North Carolina, one of more than eight thousand students from dozens of countries around the world who entered a “Name That Asteroid!” contest run by the University of Arizona, The Planetary Society, and the LINEAR Project, according to The Planetary Report, June 2013.
According to Egyptian mythology, the Bennu was a self-created being said to have played a role in the creation of the world. It was said to be the ba of Ra and enabled the creative actions of Atum. It was said to have flown over the waters of Nun that existed before creation, landing on a rock and issuing a call that determined the nature of creation. It was also a symbol of rebirth and was therefore associated with Osiris.
Some of the titles of the Bennu bird were “He Who Came Into Being by Himself,” and “Lord of Jubilees;” the latter epithet referred to the belief that the Bennu periodically renewed itself like the sun. The Greek phoenix bird was said to have derived its mythology from the Bennu bird. Osiris was an Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead – after whom, the NASA space probe that will study Bennu is named.  –Independent, Wikipedia

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5 Responses to NASA to launch probe to investigate ‘Armageddon’ asteroid

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Determine composition of surface? impale a rocket motor(s) and try to steer it away to a far distance orbit? Nukes might be a bad idea. Debris could find its way in earths orbit and cause future trouble.

    Just a thought…


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      Map of previously known asteroid impacts

      It appears the Northern hemisphere carries considerable more risks – most likely due to the Earth’s axial tilt of 23.4 degrees.


      Given how much rocky debris there is within the solar system and the law of averages, it’s only a matter of time before our number comes up. The scripture seems to imply that Earth will be bombarded with ‘yet to be identified’ objects from space.

      “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” – Luke 21:26

      The powers of the heavens” are the celestial bodies.


  2. niebo says:

    OK, like, wow, dudes, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Blurble blurble. I guess, first of all, like, I think it is important to say that we MAY have more presing concerns than a celestial impact in a hundred and nineteen year. Next, it appears that we, as a SPECIES, have a REALLY hard time putting a spacecraft/lander/rover/spitball on Mars, which has an established (that is, mathematically KNOWN) orbit that is more-or-less consistent (yeah, yeah, I know, there are zeniths and nadirs, much like earth, but those variations are CONSISTENT over time, so that the distance of Mars from the sun [and from Earth] is calculable, yeah?), and our rate of success sucks, No, I don’t mean that is a literal negative number (as in “we have sent 47 vessels into the approximated vicinity of the red planet but managed to crash 63 times”) but that, out of 47 tries, we (again, as a species, that is, as humanity-ites, via the Russian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, NASA, the Japanese Space Agency, the Space Agency of Timbuktu, the Space-Exploration Slingshot Project [a big enough rubber band will launch anything to anywhere, man] and, wow, even George Jetson . . .) WE HAVE FAILED 28 TIMES.

    So, yeah, we have succeeded 19 times at the cost of several bazillion dollars and incalculable numbers of man hours (but no deaths, so far, right?) . . . and the US wants to fire an Osiris godlet probe thing (really?) at a 500 meter rock as it hurls through space at a quadrillion miles per hour? Blurble blurble. DUDES! We can’t even hit the Valles Marineris on Mars, and IT’S BIGGER THAN THE GRAND CANYON! 500 meters is, like, wow, (I gotta recycle the counting of my fingers and toes here) 1600 feet across . . . about four city blocks. WE HIT ENTIRE PLANETS LESS THAN HALF THE TIME, so . . . four city blocks?

    And “OSIRIS”? REALLY? Wow, “probe” is a perfect name for this thing, because, according to legend, the dead Osiris impregnated his own sister, Isis (yeah, ISIS).

    She re-animated his body long enough to beget a son, Horus, who, well, read more on the entire legend here:

    In a weird and disturbing extension ot the myth, I heard, years ago, a minister explain that eyeliner and eyeshadow were first used in Egypt so that people could paint themselves up like DEAD BODIES for other people to, er, “interact” with during their religious, er, “love feasts” (orgies)(in honor of Isis and Osiris); they used dark eye make-up because the soft skin around the eyes is where human bodies show the earliest signs of decomposition . . . by darkening, turning black.

    I do not have a link for this and can find no corroborating information, but the sermon had such an impact on me that I have since steered clear of women (and men, obviously) who use heavy make-up to highlight their eyes. To this day, I find it unsettling.

    Also, Bennu, the phoenix, the firebird, the thunderbird, the fire-breathing cricket, and the chupacabra are symbols/surrogates for satan himself, so the little knuckledragging third-grader (now twenty-something) who named the asteroid is probably/was at the time a card-carrying, black-robed disciple of hell (or Hades, if it’s less offensive). I bet he runs his own cult now and sacrifices kitty-cats to Marduk.

    Oh, jeez, sorry Alvin. I spilled whiskey in my keyboard las week, and ever since, it daydreams out loud, sometimes.


  3. yamkin says:

    The Asteroid threat to earth NASA recently mentioned was already known by Professor Brian Cox in 2013


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