Deadspin.com: NASA Tricked By Fake Asteroid Hoax

Asteroid Hoax

Some experts say all the pictures of NASA with the asteroid stem from a single file photo.

Cape Canaveral, FL—An article on the website Deadspin.com alleged yesterday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which had been all over the news lately regarding the possibility that an office-building-sized asteroid would be buzzing by Earth this week and getting as close as 17,000 miles to us, might have been the victim of an elaborate, cruel hoax.

For nearly four years now, NASA had told all its friends and family and teammates about their relationship with the asteroid, named 2012DA14. But the Twitter and Facebook accounts of 2012 DA14 seem now to show posts and photos of an as-yet unidentified rock hurtling through space.

The Deadspin.com article said the site conducted their own investigation into the asteroid and, “were able to discover online chatter among the perpetrators that was certainly the ultimate proof of this, the joy they were taking. The casualness among themselves they were talking about what they accomplished.”

This could be quite embarrassing for the governmental agency, which had been reporting for months now that the asteroid was real and was “definitely, totally coming by this week. Book it.” When asked how NASA met the asteroid in 2009 after a conference in Southern California, NASA responded at the time, “We met, uhhhhh, the usual way, through my cousin.”

But it appears that answer was not accurate. So where are we now? Were reports that NASA had spent nights on end on the phone with 2012DA14 while the asteroid slept a lie? Did they really meet face-to-face in Hawaii last summer, as NASA had told its parents? We may never know the whole truth at this point.

A spokesman for NASA had no comment. The Twitter account for NASA, which had previously tweeted how happy they were, expecting the asteroid to make a pass close to the Earth this week, has been shut down.

Producers from “The Dr. Phil Show,” “Katie,” “Oprah” and “NOVA” have all confirmed they are actively trying to do a sit-down interview with NASA about the alleged hoax.

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