8 /10 The Sixty-Year Cycle
According to the scientists, it all ultimately boils down to cycles: cycles of sixty years, to be exact.
In his speech, Jim Bridenstine also observed that NASA had developed prediction models that estimate a significant meteor impact within the range of sixty years. That has been the average period for such implications until now.
However, he also noted that more than three or four meteorites of concerning proportions had impacted the Earth in the last century, exposing the limitations of these predictions.
7 /10 The Giggle Factor
The most significant risk to addressing this menace, Bridenstine stated, is the “giggle” factor: “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood. It’s not about movies. This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life, and that is the planet Earth“, he stated.
Other influential minds have already called on more attention to this issue: in 2018, before his death, Stephen Hawking had considered the impact of a massive meteor to be the greatest threat for humanity as a whole.