Fretting over the so-called “end of the world” on Dec. 21 is now reaching a fever pitch, and while some are continuing to prepare just in case of a disaster, America’s space agency is doing its best to make sure there’s no panic.
“Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice,” NASA says with a hint of humor on a specially created webpage to answer frequently asked questions.
“Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.”
The first question on the NASA page asks if there are any threats to the Earth in 2012, noting that many sites on the Internet say the world will end this December.
The agency states outright: “The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”