Is the human race ready for the next asteroid strike? If so, are we on our own to overcome the resulting disaster? Or, are extraterrestrials standing by in case we need an intervention?
Recently, the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series questioned if the human race is prepared to survive another asteroid strike. But that’s just one of many doomsday scenarios we face. If extraterrestrials exist, as some people believe, will they finally reveal themselves in our hour of need? Will they be indifferent? Or worse, will they help finish us off?
According to author David Childress, we have to be prepared for the chance that aliens may prefer to see the human race die out.
“If extraterrestrial gods are there watching us, and either aware of future catastrophes or are capable of making them themselves, then perhaps we need to be prepared for that. We live in a precarious point, where at any time, we could go through another catastrophe,” said Childress. “And you have to ask yourselves if the extraterrestrials themselves may not create that.”
On the other hand, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Ancient Astronaut theorist, thinks that higher beings are invested in seeing us thrive.
“Our survival was ensured by extraterrestrials way back in the remote past because we are their direct offspring,” said Tsoukalos. “We are their product. They, in fact, have a vested interest in our survival.”
See the clip from the History Channel below:
Another asteroid or comet will strike the Earth one day. That much is certain. The only question is when? Consider that as recently as February 15, 2013, two asteroids, one of which struck the planet, arrived on the same day.
The asteroid that struck was called the Chelyabinsk meteor. It was roughly 66 feet long.
That day, windows were shattered in hundreds of buildings around the Russian city as the asteroid the size of a six-story building exploded over the Ural mountains. One thousand five hundred people needed medical attention for injuries, mostly from flying glass. The object weighed 10,000 metric tons, traveled at 40,000 miles per hour, and exploded with a force exceeding 470 kilotons of TNT. That’s 20 to 30 times more powerful than the first atomic bombs.
In a one in a million coincidence, another asteroid called 2012 DA14, about 150 feet across, flew by the planet at relatively close range of 17,200 miles away. It traveled in the opposite direction from the Russian meteor.
On June 22, 2019, a 13-foot asteroid named 2019 MO exploded over Puerto Rico. At first, it seemed highly unlikely to strike the planet, but then it did. Fortunately, it burned up in the atmosphere after being spotted by two telescopes.
The Doomsday Vault
Knowing all this, how are we preparing to ensure the survival of the human race?
In Spitsbergen, Norway in a remote archipelago near the Arctic Ocean, the Doomsday Vault could help reestablish life on Earth. It’s named the Svalbard Global Seed Vault built 328 feet deep into the permafrost, a biological storehouse. DNA from plants, animals, humans, and thousands of seeds are stored. This “modern-day ark” could survive floods, earthquakes, or even nuclear blasts.
Kirsten Fisher, a Biologist from California State University says the facility is the “last hope:”
“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been designed with some kind of cataclysm in mind. The idea is that in the event of some cataclysmic event, it would still stay whole and preserve seeds for thousands of years,” said Fisher. “As sort of this last hope for genetic diversity.”
Another facility in England, the Millennium Seedbank is an international partnership of 50 countries to prevent the extinction of plants. The underground seed vault houses billions of seeds.
The National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Colorado is already helping restore plant and animal life. The facility in Fort Collins houses over 622,944 total seed samples as well as thousands of clonal samples stored in liquid nitrogen.
The embryos, blood, and semen of animals we depend on for food are cryopreserved, along with aquatic animals and insects such as honeybees. Even things like yeast, algae, bacteria, fungi, and viruses are housed in the collection.
In case all fails here on Earth, there are efforts to save the collective knowledge we’ve gathered over thousands of years. Currently, a digital library containing somewhere around 30 million pages of information sits somewhere on the Moon after the Beresheet Lunar Lander crash-landed in April 2019.
With our without intervention by higher lifeforms, it appears humans will live on, at the least in a digital form.
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