Mars is safe….for now.

2007 WD5, the asteroid and Near-Earth object which caused excitement when it was estimated to have as high as a 1 in 25 chance of colliding with Mars on 30th January, is now no longer predicted to likely hit the planet. Improved data has reduced it’s chances of collision closer to 1 in 10000 and it pass by at a distance of approx. 25,000 km.

However the eccentricity of the asteroid’s orbit could cause it to swing close to Mars or Earth again in the future.


Posted on 19 January, 2008, in Space exploration. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Mars is safe….for now..

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