Lately, news about an asteroid called Bennu received a great deal of attention: In 2135 the astronomical object will get close to earth and possibly change its orbit so that Bennu might collide with earth between 2175 and 2196. NASA scientists calculated the impact probability to be 1:2700. This rate is highly doubted by the president of the Flat Earth Society (FES), Daniel Shenton, who considers the NASA calculations to be complete nonsense and warns against producing panic and hysteria!
On Facebook, Daniel Shanton blames the NASA experts to be ‘geometry
analphabets’: “Every child knows that the surface area of a sphere is
four times the area of a disk! It’s really embarassing that the so
called experts of the American space program mix up such simple things!
Naturally, they end up with a completely inaccurate likelihood of Bennu
colliding with earth.”
The FES doesn’t deny the existence of Bennu at all. However, the
probability of the asteroid’s impact on earth at the end of the next
century according to calculations by the society is so low that
bothering is simply a waste of time. Shenton: “What we do not need is
irresponsible misinformation and scare tactics. Apparently, these
intimidating numbers by NASA are simply designed to raise additional
funds for the stagnating space program!”
On the society’s Facebook page the probability of Bennu’s impact on
earth is stated rather to be 1:10800 (0.000092593). However, amongst FES
members this rate is somewhat controversial: A few experts of the
organisation would like to bring into consideration the fact that Bennu
could hit the flat earth from above and below, a possibility that is
missing in the society’s official calculations. Apart from these minor
disagreements, the flat earth supporters agree on the NASA’s abstruse
rate having no pseudoscientific basis whatsoever. Shenton: “It would be
funny if it were not so depressing!”
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