NASA has been forced to check its math after a 13-year-old German boy wrote to tell them their calculations for the probability of an asteroid hitting earth were incorrect. Agency bosses had predicted a one-in-45,000 chance of an interstellar object bringing an end to life as we know it; that was until teen Nico Marquardt told them that the figure was closer to one in 450.
Congrats to Nico Marquardt for outwitting NASA. On the other hand, it’s perhaps best that we all cancel any plans for after 2036.
Maybe use that pension fund money a bit sooner, eh? 😀
UPDATE – April 18th
Looks like the kid may be wrong.
Awww, shame! 🙁