The Mayan Apocalypse has no chance of happening on December 21. That was the message NASA sent earlier this week when the space agency released its own Mayan Apocalypse video early.
In the video, an announcer proclaims:
“December 22, 2012. If you’re watching this video, it means one thing: the world didn’t end yesterday.”
Dr. John Carlson, Director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, tells The Atlantic:
“The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning.”
In fact, the Mayan Apocalypse misconceptions eventually led NASA scientist Dr. David Morrison, senior scientist at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute in the Ames Research Center in California, to sit down with The Awl to discuss the problems associated with the Mayan prediction and questions he has been receiving via email.
Here’s part of the interview with Morrison:
“The emails started filtering in at a trickle, but after a few years of what he called “relative peace,” it’s become a deluge. He estimated that over the past four years, he’s gotten over 5,000 emails related to doomsday. Lately, the column has been receiving about 50 emails a week, most of them about the apocalypse …
” ‘I have become somewhat obsessed with it,’ [Morrison] said. Even if the interactions don’t usually go beyond two emails, he never tires of hearing the responses. ‘It’s the depths of their commitment that’s so amazing, that they will go to such mental contortions to try to think of a way to preserve their beliefs in spite of evidence to the contrary.’ “
Still not convinced the world won’t come to an end on December 21, 2012? Here’s NASA’s answer to the Mayan Apocalpyse non-sense: