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It's a sad day for Mars

Post by AuroEdge » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:35 pm

Asteroid Could Strike Mars in Early 2008

A group of U.S. astronomers say there is a chance an asteroid could hit the planet Mars by the end of next month.

Stargazers in Arizona discovered a 50-meter wide asteroid in November that was designated "2007 WD5." Astronomers at the U.S. space agency NASA's Near-Earth Object Office are tracking the object and say it may pass within 48,000 kilometers of Mars by January 30.

The astronomers say there is a one-in-75 chance the asteroid will strike the planet on that day. The asteroid is compared to a similar object that struck Siberia in 1908 with the energy of a three-megaton bomb and destroyed tens of millions of trees.

NASA officials say if the asteroid does hit Mars, it will do so near the location of its Opportunity rover, which has been exploring the Martian surface for three years.

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Re: It's a sad day for Mars

Post by JellyWarrior » Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:00 am

That's extremely interesting, it's weird that we never heard about this earlier.
I actually hope that it doesn't impact because that might affect things like manned missions to Mars and further exploration of the planet, but it'd still be interesting if it does impact.
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Re: It's a sad day for Mars

Post by mkfreak » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:19 pm

Yeah, I read this on CNN a couple weeks ago. Pretty interesting stuff. :mrgreen:
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Post by mankrip » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:06 pm

JellyWarrior wrote:it's weird that we never heard about this earlier.
Weird and scary.
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Re: It's a sad day for Mars

Post by AuroEdge » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:47 am

New data suggests that it will miss Mars completely. Oh well.
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