NASA has been forced to respond to conspiracy theory claims being spread online, stoking mass hysteria among the susceptible, that a giant asteroid will impact Earth September 22–28, 2015, causing widespread destruction and extinction of several species.
According to the doomsday theorists, the impact will nearly wipe out humanity from the face of the planet.
NASA is responding to the rumor that first appeared in 2010 but began gaining traction in 2012, going viral online in 2014-15.
Yahoo Newsreports that a NASA spokesman has dismissed the asteroid impact doomsday theory, saying that NASA knows of no space rock currently on collision course with Earth.
“NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
But unfortunately, NASA’s pronouncement is unlikely to calm fears because of the widespread belief in conspiracy theory circles that NASA routinely conspires with other government agencies to hide vital information from citizens.
Probably what makes the asteroid impact apocalypse theory potent for spreading fear and panic is that the scenario has been acknowledged as realistic by experts.