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Saturday, August 3, 2002



Deadly Asteroid Determined Harmless

2002 NT7
2002 NT7
Credit: NASA
NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Program, established to locate and study asteroids and comets that may potentially strike the Earth, let out a sigh of relief. As with most NASA branches, NEO is poorly funded. The agency can only track a small portion of the sky. A previously unknown object, 2002 NT7, was feared to hit the Earth in 2019 and was the most threatening object to date. Astronomers estimated the object to be 2 kilometers wide... enough to wipe out Europe. However, on August 1st, the asteroid was removed from the agency's "Current Impact Risks" list.

(More info: NASA.gov)


- posted by Alex @ 11:14 EST