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13 year old German boy corrects NASA's math. News Team

Has race-based hiring, crooked politicians, and all around government incompetence ruined NASA?

For from it’s hey day of putting a man on the moon, NASA is more likely to be the brunt of a late show monolog that the subject of a success story these days.

BERLIN (AFP) – A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA’s estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.

Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported.

NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right.