NASA's Q&A on the matter.
As a consequence, it is worthwhile to continue and increase all of our combined efforts towards the funding and eventual building of EISCAT_3D, so that we can make the best of this facility in good time, should some kind of end of the world arrive one day.
In this spirit, we wish all of you peaceful and relaxing holidays and a very happy new year 2013, which certainly will see quite a few exciting news and decisions regarding our common endeavour to build the world's leading (not ending!) incoherent scatter radar facility.
See you all next year!
Photo of the EISCAT Tromsø site is courtesy Daniel Martini, taken a few weeks ago during a measurement campaign.