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NASA Announces World Won't End Dec. 21, 2012

Tracy Bloom
Assistant Editor
Tracy Bloom left broadcast news to study at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. There she eventually became deputy editor of Neon Tommy, the most-trafficked online-only college website in…
Tracy Bloom

How confident is NASA in its prediction that the world will not end Dec. 21, 2012, the day the Mayan calendar runs out? Very. The space agency has already released a video explaining why the world didn’t end Dec. 21. The video, titled “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday,” was originally scheduled to be released Dec. 22.

The Guardian:

The prediction that the world would end four days before Christmas 2012 – potentially wreaking havoc with gift buying and travel plans – is a long-standing misconception, Nasa explains.

An accompanying post on the agency’s website, titled Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End, says that 21 December this year has been labelled as the end of all things because the Mayan calendar ends on this date.

But “just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012,” Nasa says. Instead, it just starts over again.

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NASA notes on its website that it knows “of no threat associated with 2012.” The agency adds: “For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”

A little food for thought for anyone convinced the world will end next week.

— Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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