This is fiction.  For now.

Wednesday, 8:02 AM, EST

“This morning we have the latest on Asteroid 2013JM431. Some scientists are now saying that an Earth impact is near certain, putting the chances at better than fifty-fifty. NASA is denying those reports from independent astronomers, and further emphasizing their plans to alter the course of the asteroid. Others say that the idea that human intervention could alter the course of the massive asteroid is pure folly. Is this the doomsday rock that we’ve always feared? We begin this morning with Jim Arula at the Palomar Observatory in Pasadena, California.”

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