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Russian space probe may save Earth from asteroid

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Russian space probe may save Earth from asteroid

RIA Novosti
Friday, June 27, 2008

MOSCOW,June 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian experts have said a space missionshould be sent in 2012 to the Apophis asteroid to establish whether itwill collide with Earth, adding that the Russian Phobos-Gruntspacecraft could be used for that purpose.

A report at a Moscowscientific conference said 99942 Apophis, or Asteroid 2004 MN4, with adiameter of 350m, is the biggest space threat to Earth.

In 2029,this near-Earth object will be at a distance of only 36,000 km (22,400miles) - closer than satellites in geostationary orbit. Earth's gravitycould change the orbit of Apophis in such a way that it would collidewith Earth on its next approach in 2036.

http://en.rian.ru/science/20080627/112427353.html

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2012, how interesting!

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Comments

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Comment by Gentlespirit - June 28, 2008, 7:55 pm
Collision in 2036...oh well, that's one thing that I won't have to worry about. I'll be somewhere in those pearly gates!!! :)
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time*treatComment by time*treat - June 29, 2008, 6:57 am
How would knowing of the impact "save" anything?
If they predict an impact for 2036 that doesn't occur ... there are gonna be a lot of new mouths to feed ... in 2037 :~)

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