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Earth's Close Shave With An Asteroid

Earth's close shave with an asteroid

This time, debate over collision threat in 2039 seems calmer
By Alan Boyle
May 24, 1999

       But this time, there's been little "sky-is-falling" hysteria, even
though the latest observations have led NASA to raise the chances of an
impact. As things stand now, the risk is still incredibly slim - one chance
in 10 million for 2039, and 1 in 500,000 for an encounter in 2044, according
to astronomer Donald Yeomans, who heads NASA's asteroid-observing effort at
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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