This is asteroid 2002 XP12. Or as it has become known within The Project, Kali. It’s about the size of Australia and its heading our way. At its current speed and trajectory it will impact the Southern Atlantic Ocean on December 12, 2012 at 4 in the morning. The impact will be, well nothing less than apocalyptic. The first few microseconds will see the entire southern Atlantic flash vaporise creating a hypersonic shock wave of super-heated steam. This alone will kill every living thing in South America, Africa and the southern portions of North America and Western Europe. However, the impact will also shatter the crust for thousands of miles in every direction triggering massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. 15 seconds after impact the western hemipshere will be completely obliterated in the largest explosion this planet has suffered since the formation of the moon 4.5 billion years ago. The forces unleashed by this blast will very likely cause the eastern hemisphere to break-up leaving continent sized fragments. Nothing will survive this, not event the physical structure of our planet.
At our present technological level, we have no way of stopping Kali or diverting it. We also have little chance of creating a viable outpost on Mars. However, this does not mean that the human race ends with the present generation. We have in our possession a technology reverse engineered from an alien artifact discovered in England in 1908. A device capable of creating a portal between this world and another. A world not just removed from this one by space, but also by dimension. This device, named the Sherman Ring in honour of its discoverer, is an interdimensional transport device. And it is our escape hatch.
Your governments are participating in Project Odyssey, a multinational effort to locate suitable worlds where we can evacuate too. This is the most important project in human history and you have been selected by your governments to be part of the teams that will spearhead our exploration. We will never be able to evacuate all 6 billion of us but your efforts will be instrumental in ensuring that something of our civilisation will survive the coming apocalypse.