PBS airs a series called "Origins" which features a section about asteroid impacts. One year ago today Paul Allen's "The Blues" series
premeired on PBS and caused fatal meteor impacts in India and New Orleans
. One year later, with another asteroid documentary on PBS, Paul Allen's Space Ship One prepares for tomorrow's launch, world media covers the approach of the giant asteroid Toutatis near Earth. Space.com reports, "The largest asteroid ever known to pass near Earth is making a close celestial brush with the planet this week…The space rock, named Toutatis, will not hit Earth, despite rumors of possible doom that have circulated the Internet for months. Humanity is very fortunate there won't be an impact, as the asteroid is large enough to cause global devastation. Toutatis is about 2.9 miles long and 1.5 miles wide (4.6 by 2.4 kilometers). Asteroid Toutatis was discovered in 1989.
On September 29, Toutatis will be within a million miles of Earth, or about four times the distance to the Moon…And while similarly large asteroids have hit the planet in the distant past, none so big have come so close since astronomers have had the means to notice them. NASA scientists and other asteroid experts have been watching Toutatis for more than a decade, and though its orbit changes slightly with each 4-year trip around the sun, they have a good handle on the path.
"Because of the nature of the orbit, we cannot predict thousands of years into the future for this object," said Alan Harris, a senior research scientist at the Space Science Institute…some rumors have suggested the asteroid's forecasted course might be off by enough to cause a collision with Earth…"The actual path of it has indeed varied a bit from the original calculated," Harris said.
[NOTE: More lies designed to lull us into a false sense of security. Anyone who spends a few hours studying the facts about asteroids quickly learns that their trajectories and orbits shift and alter as a result of many forces in space, like hitting up against other space rocks, and gravitational pull from other celestial objects. NO ONE can say that the path of ANY rock is fixed and stable. Listen, "Mr. Harris" - if the deity designs that this rock should be nudged in our direction, a small meteorite crashing into its surface can at any given minute send the thing directly on course for your head.]
September 29, 2004:
At the precise time that Toutatis makes its closest approach to Earth, Paul Allen launches his intended escape vehicle, Space Ship One. Proles line up the runway to cheer the evil EMPeror, believing his spiel about this spacecraft being designed as a new Greyhound bus for the "common man" - now mom and pop can take Sunday rides into orbit with the kids - thanks to the EMPeror! This spin is designed to create popular support for Mr. Allen's project because he has to get government approval to launch the craft, so the fact that Space Ship One is to function soley as the EMPeror's personal escape prior to asteroid impact is carefully disguised. That Mr. Allen timed today's launch to coincide with the Toutatis near miss of Earth completely escapes the awareness of the herd.
December 19, 2004:
Asteroid 2004 YD5 passes Earth BENEATH the orbits of geostationary satellites, which at 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) altitude are the highest manmade objects circling Earth. Most other satellites, along with the International Space Station, circle the planet at just a few hundred miles up. The Rock, about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, was not spotted until three days later by Stan Hope at the University of Arizona's Spacewatch Project. After the initial detection, other observers noted the rock's position and its path was then calculated back to its closest approach on Dec. 19.
Asteroid 2004 YD5 approached Earth from near the Sun, so it would have been impossible to detect from Earth prior its arrival in the atmosphere. This is the second closest pass of an asteroid ever observed by telescope. The closest involved a rock that flew by last March and was not announced until August.
December 24, 2004:
It is mostly Internet news outlets that cover NASA's announcement, "A recently rediscovered 400-meter Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) named 2004 MN4 is predicted to pass near the Earth on 13 April 2029. The flyby distance is uncertain and an Earth impact cannot yet be ruled out. The odds of impact, presently around 1 in 300, are unusual enough to merit special monitoring by astronomers, but should not be of public concern. These odds are likely to change on a day-to-day basis as new data are received...This object is the first to reach a level 2 (out of 10) on the Torino Scale. According to the Torino Scale, a rating of 2 indicates 'a discovery, which may become routine with expanded searches, of an object making a somewhat close but not highly unusual pass near the Earth...This asteroid should be easily observable throughout the coming months."
[NOTE: NASA bends over backwards to pacify concern here. Multiple phrases in this press release emphasize the foregone conclusion that this asteroid will pass by. NASA is cooking the books regarding the asteroid's path. It's Christmas Eve and the Deity is fed up with these re-calculations because MN4 is Jimi's "Electric Love" Rock and it's headed for Earth. The Deity plans to consummate the trajectory, as soon as "Krismas" is over…]
December 25, 2004:
The Hendrix Rock Prophecy comes true. In mid afternoon on Christmas in America, the first reports come in of a massive Deep Impact tidal wave in the Indian Ocean.
The Deity has tossed a "Christmas Star" from the sky into the sea, causing enough of an earthquake to alter the rotation of the planet. 300,000 people perish in floods of biblical proportions. Astronomer witch doctors, who at this moment are racing to announce more "proof" that asteroid MN4 will not impact Earth, see satellite scenes of the meteor flaming into the Indian Ocean. Having prepared since 1998 for such an incident, media immediately enacts a plan to persuade us that the resulting tsunami wave was caused by an earthquake alone. The extent to which the entire media can be mobilized to censor and suppress eye-witness reports of the Christmas Star is the hallmark of our time, a world in which the Orwellian nightmare of total control of us has been achieved by overlord dominators.
"Electric Love penetrates the sky…the Mountain falls in the sea…the Sun refuses to shine..." - Jimi
But the Deity had the decency to wait until the day after Christmas to begin fulfilling Jimi's prediction. The Christmas Star that has caused mass suffering around the world is only the first of the Rocks due to impact Earth. The Deity directed the first one into a remote part of the ocean where it was seen by a handful of people, who today try to report the truth of what happened. Our totolitarian media blocks all reports of sightings of the Christmas Star meteor. Air Force pilots and technicians who monitor space satellites are under the threat of Guantanamo Bay incarceration if they try to tell the truth to anyone. If you believe such scenarios are unlikely, consider the Jan Wong incident, where an entire population is kept unaware of evidence.
December 27, 2004:
Space.com reports, "The giant space rock, named 2004 MN4, was said on Dec. 23 to have an outside shot at hitting the planet on April 13, 2029. The odds climbed as high as 1-in-37, or 2.7 percent, on Monday, Dec. 27. Researchers had flagged the object as one to monitor very carefully. It was the first asteroid to be ranked 4 on the Torino Scale...the highest warning level ever issued...the 323-day orbit of 2004 MN4 lies mostly within the orbit of Earth. Scientists cannot say that the asteroid will never hit Earth."
"NASA Announces Latest Asteroid Threat to Earth," is the headline at About.com. "Near-Earth Asteroid 2004 MN4 Reaches Highest Score To Date On Hazard Scale - It may sound like an Urban Legend, but it's not [a legend]…'unlucky numerical omens' [are] associated with this asteroid. A recently rediscovered 400-meter Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) is predicted to pass near the Earth on 13 April 2029. The flyby distance is uncertain and an Earth impact cannot yet be ruled out. The odds of impact, initially around 1 in 300, were unusual enough to merit special monitoring by astronomers…As of December 24, 2004, 2004 MN4 is now being tracked very carefully by many astronomers around the world...New impact monitoring results indicate that the impact probability for April 13, 2029 has risen to about 1.6%, which for an object of this size corresponds to a rating of 4 on the ten-point Torino Scale."
February 4, 2005:
"An asteroid expected to fly past Earth in 2029 will be visible to the naked eye," reports Space.com. "It's a once-in-a-millennium event...There has been no event like this in modern history…The 2029 event will be the closest brush by a good-sized asteroid known to occur. The rock will pass Earth inside the orbits of some satellites. No other asteroid has ever been clearly visible to the unaided eye...scientists said it had the highest odds of hitting Earth ever given to a space rock…This week, NASA scientists used new observations from the Arecibo Observatory to further pin down the track of 2004 MN4. On April 13, 2029, it will be about 22,600 miles (36,350 kilometers) from Earth's center. That is just below the altitude of geosynchronous satellites, which hover in fixed perches above the planet.
"'Of the 10 known closest asteroid flybys, 2004 MN4 is by far the largest object,' said Steve Chesley of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory…2004 MN4 is expected to shine like a fast-moving star at magnitude 3.3…easily visible…The 2029 flyby will bend the rock's path and change the circumstances of later close passes to Earth. Were an asteroid the size of 2004 MN4 to hit Earth, it would cause local devastation and regional damage."
[NOTE: "Flyby will bend the rock's path and change the circumstances" - what's left unsaid is the astronomers can't agree this rock'll pass us by.]
February 14, 2005:
Valentine's Day, and just as the U.S. Missile Defense program suffers it's third failed test in a row, and on the anniversary of NASA landing a space craft on the Eros (a/k/a "Love") asteroid in 2001, when Bill Gates was at the Hendrix museum in Seattle to announced that the new Windows, code named "Asteroid" while in development, will now be named "XP", meaning Experience, as in "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" - at this time and day, the world astronomical community is forced to admit that this asteroid "will come closer than the orbit of many satellites…close enough for its orbit to be directly affected by the Earth's gravity."
"Friday the 13th, 2029: Giant Asteroid Will Narrowly Miss Earth," claims The Independent newspaper of London, reporting, "A giant asteroid the size of three football pitches will make the closest flyby of Earth in recorded history for an object of its size, scientists said yesterday [Valentine's Day]. It will pass between the Earth and the Moon and will even come closer than the orbit of many telecommunications satellites...due to make its closest approach to Earth…at about 10pm London time on Friday 13 April 2029…It will shine in the sky as a dim, fast-moving star - the first asteroid in modern times to be clearly visible from Earth without the aid of a telescope or binoculars…It will pass our planet by the relative whisper of 36,000km (22,600 miles) - well within the orbit of geostationary satellites and about a tenth of the distance to the Moon. This is by far the largest of the top 10 closest asteroids recorded by astronomers. Professor Mark Bailey, director of the Armagh Observatory, said that…it would come close enough for its orbit to be directly affected by the Earth's gravity…'I think everyone is saying that it's going to miss. It'll pass so close though,' Professor Bailey said. 'It's like being on a train station platform and watching an express train go by three feet away.' he said.
February 19, 2005:
And at the website homepage for asteroid MN4, a description of Mountain MN4 climaxes with the conclusion: "This object has the possibility of impacting the Earth."