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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.