Despite the fact that we’ve mined a few blockbusters from the idea (and the fact that it certainly contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs), Earth’s early asteroid detection system is still woefully inadequate.
With a huge asteroid heading toward Earth, for a while there it looked like April 13, 2036 might have been the date of the apocalypse. But scientists now say they got it wrong the first time—and the world should keep spinning a while longer.
When Bruce Willis led a group of blue-collar heroes into space to nuke an asteroid in the 1998 film Armageddon, the idea seemed like something destined to stay, well, in the movies. But, a group of U.S. scientists now say that hitting an asteroid with a nuclear bomb could actually work out pretty well to avert a potential strike on Earth.