In the movie Armageddon, the President of the United States is talking to NASA scientist Dan Truman, played by Billy Bob Thornton, about the approaching asteroid. Let’s listen in…
President: What is this thing?
Truman: It’s an asteroid, sir.
President: How big are we talking?
Scientist: Sir, our best estimate is 97.6 billion.
Truman: It’s the size of Texas, Mr. President.
President: Dan, we didn’t see this thing coming?
Truman: Well, our object collision budget’s about a million dollars a year. That allows us to track about three percent of the sky, and begging your pardon, sir, but it’s a big-ass sky.
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