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Fears of Asteroid Impacts



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    New Survey Softens 
Fears of Asteroid Impacts

    Post by Congslop on Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:18 am

    The most complete census of near-earth asteroids has sharply reduced the estimated risk that a giant rock will collide with our planet and drive humans—like the dinosaurs before them—into extinction.

    Observations from NASA’s orbiting Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite, or WISE, enabled astronomers to identify more than 90 percent of the near-Earth asteroids measuring at least a half-mile wide. The results, published in September, were reassuring. The satellite did not find any objects on an immediate collision course with Earth. And a partial survey of smaller asteroids, measuring as little as about 330 feet across, suggest that there are fewer menacing ones than expected: about 19,500 in Earth’s neighborhood, not the 35,000 previously believed.

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