As this election season continues to degenerate, many Americans have found themselves turning to the Sweet Meteor of Death as their last best hope.

And that’s why it pains us so greatly to have to burst their bubble:

More:

NASA’s new asteroid-sampling mission will do a lot of interesting things, but helping prepare humanity for Earth’s imminent destruction is not among them.

There is indeed a chance that the 1,650-foot-wide asteroid Bennu — the target of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch next month — could hit Earth late in the 22nd century.

But, mission officials stressed, that chance is slim, and the space rock is not nearly big enough to pose an existential threat to the planet, despite what some media reports claimed over the weekend.

Well, fudge.

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Update:

SMOD took issue with our post:

Clearly we failed to do our due diligence, and for that, we apologize.

So here’s what SMOD had to say on the matter: