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.

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

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