What happens when ongoing political ineptitude forces the National Aeronautics and Space Administration into an information black hole? Armageddon, potentially.
I'm being somewhat hyperbolic. But thing is, I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that the brains behind NASA's Near Earth Object Program are arguably some of, if not the most "essential" "non-essential" government employees ordered to not come into work today on account of the federal budget impasse slash the government running out of money slash the American political system's knack for seemingly never, ever being able to get its shit together.
You'd think our elected geniuses in Washington would want to keep all channels of the national space agency's effort to identify and warn humankind about "potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach Earth" open, right? Wrong:
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