The apocalypse is said to be the complete final destruction of the world, first described in the Bible’s Book of Revelation. For decades, many have predicted the event, the most significant being on December 21, 2012, when conspiracy theorists claimed a mythical planet named Nibiru would smash into Earth. However, NASA disregarded the claims at the time and would have no reason to hide it from the public in the future, Dr Thaller has revealed.
If we knew something dangerous was about to happen, there would be no way for us to hide it
She detailed how scientists working at the space agency would be just as concerned as everyone else if an asteroid was on course to destroy the planet.
She told BigThink: “One of the things I find very difficult as a scientist is when people ask ‘would scientists tell us if something really bad was going to happen?’
“You think about that sentence and you ask yourself ‘who’s us? Am I not part of that?’
“If I knew the world was going to end, do you think I would be at work, sitting at my desk?
“The day you see all the NASA scientists buy up all the best wine and max out their credit cards, that’s when you should worry.
NASA would tell us if an asteroid was heading towards Earth (Image: GETTY)
Michelle Thaller is the Assistant Director of Communications at NASA (Image: BIGTHINK)
NASA studies asteroids to see if they are on course for Earth (Image: GETTY)
“If we knew something dangerous was about to happen, there would be no way for us to hide it.”
Dr Thaller is an astronomer with a particular interest in binary stars and the life cycles of stars.
The 49-year-old landed a job at NASA after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard University.
She then started working for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Spitzer Space Telescope.
After a hugely successful mission, she moved on to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC), in the Washington D.C. area, where she is now in a managerial position.