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Odds of Asteroid Hitting Mars Reduced

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posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 07:11 PM
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Odds of Asteroid Hitting Mars Reduced


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PASADENA, Calif. — Scientists tracking an asteroid approaching Mars say that an impact with the Red Planet has become less likely.

Refined estimates of the asteroid's orbit were made using new observations from a telescope at the Calar Alto Observatory in Spain, according to the Near-Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The impact probability fell to 2.5 percent, the NEO office said in Jan. 8 update posted on the NEO Web site.

The miss distance was holding steady at about 30,000 kilometers, or 18,600 miles.

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posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 07:11 PM
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Well, the Martians can breath easier now that our scientists have determined that their probability of being hit is down to 2 1/2%. But my guess they are LTAO at our relatively primative calculations... done by observations at an observatory in Spain no less! And why would they not use Hubble or is this too low priority?

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