OK, it was just a simulation, but still: NASA just destroyed New York City.
In a responsible (?) session to explore disaster preparedness, “planetary defense” experts designed a scenario to explore authorities’ responses as a giant asteroid headed for impact with Earth.
Decision-makers had to figure out what to do about a huge space rock headed for Denver. The folks pretending to be in charge at last week’s Planetary Defense Conference opted to slam multiple spaceships at the asteroid to change its course.
Oops: That knocked a big chunk off the asteroid, one headed right for the Big Apple.
Some 330 to 1,000 feet in diameter, the fragment was to explode 9.3 miles above Central Park on April 29, 2027, with 1,000 times the energy of the nuclear bomb that decimated Hiroshima.
The result: Manhattan destroyed, and most of the rest of the area leveled, with only Staten Island safe — though the scenario also gave “officials” time to order a complete evacuation.
Nerds will be nerds: NASA did only a bit more damage than such films as 2008’s “Cloverfield” (Godzilla gulps Gotham) and 2012’s “The Avengers” (an alien invasion).
Still, the designers made one huge mistake: Happily, by 2027, this will no longer be #DeBlasiosNewYork.