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Blast it or paint it: Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013

Blast it or paint it: Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013

To avert a possible catastrophe – this time set for February 2013 – scientists suggest confronting asteroid 2012 DA14 with either paint or big guns. The stickler is that time has long run out to build a spaceship to carry out the operation.

NASA's data shows the 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth in 11 months. Its trajectory will bring it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, raising fears of a possible collision.

The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/paint-asteroid-earth-nasa-767/

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Another article.

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/6114/closest-asteroid-rec...

Thanks E!

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