New statements from NASA scientists warned that if the asteroid named Bennu hits our planet, it could cause a major disaster on Earth.
As a result of seven years of investigations into the asteroid, it was determined that Bennu passes close to the Earth every six years and that there is a risk of collision in September 2182. NASA officials announced that Bennu is approximately three hundred meters in diameter and will release energy as strong as 22 atomic bombs in case of collision.
While it was stated that concerns about the potential impact of the incident were increasing, NASA scientists said that they had been monitoring Bennu for many years and were working to push the asteroid in another direction. It was emphasized that the samples collected by the spacecraft named OSIRIS-REx will shed light on the formation of our Solar System and the beginning of life.
NASA official Nicola Fox noted that the risk is very unlikely, but they are following Bennu’s orbit closely. It was reported that the seven-year data review has come to an end and details regarding the chronological course of the event have been determined. Geophysical experts also presented estimates regarding the damages that may occur in the event of a collision.
While NASA continued its work on the Bennu Asteroid, it warned the public early about a possible risk.