Though NASA has already gone to great lengths to assure adults everywhere that rumors of the world’s supposed impending demise are in fact false, the government has now turned its focus to precocious teens who have traded in anxiety about what to wear for class picture day for soul-crushing fear of the apocalypse.
On USA.gov, which is apparently “the U.S. government’s official web portal,” some enterprising government intern wrote a short blog post meant to assuage the worries of America’s angst-ridden tweens. No comets or stray planets are coming to collide with our own, we promise!
NASA has received thousands of letters concerned about the end of the world. David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA who answers questions from the public about astrobiology, says, “At least a once a week I get a message from a young person ― as young as 11 ― who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday.”
Young people, always remember that if you’re feeling upset about doomsday rumors, Neil Degrasse Tyson has your back.