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Old 06-25-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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This near miss is just to damn close!!!!!!!

Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth on Monday | Near-Earth Asteroids & Potentially Dangerous Asteroids | Asteroid Photos & Comets | Space.com
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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I'm a little more freaked out that they only discovered it 5 days before the close call.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Even if it was to enter our atmosphere it would not hit ground. Small enough to break up before hitting ground, it is the size of a motorhome or so.
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:06 AM
 
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Awwww crap, we're not going to be able to see it..

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The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT) on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid — which scientists have named 2011 MD — will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You're right, it is pretty close. The diameter of the earth is 8,000 miles, so a quarter of all asteroids that come that close will actually be on a trajectory to hit the surface.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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What does the article mean by exceedingly remote chance of hitting satelites or "space junk". What is space junk? Crap we launched into space over the decades for tests?
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: planet octupulous is nearing earths atmosphere
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Even if it was to enter our atmosphere it would not hit ground. Small enough to break up before hitting ground, it is the size of a motorhome or so.

ya but if it was an atmosheric explosion over a city, they would be fooked


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Old 06-28-2011, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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What does the article mean by exceedingly remote chance of hitting satelites or "space junk". What is space junk? Crap we launched into space over the decades for tests?
A lot of it is rocket bodies used to get satellites into orbit.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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and dead satellites.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:44 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Given the timing, I assume this is related:

Space debris sends ISS astronauts scrambling for cover in escape pods

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New York, June 29: Astronauts on the International Space Station took refuge in emergency escape pods Tuesday morning, during a close call with potentially dangerous space debris.

According to the Russian Mission Control, the six-member crew huddled into a pair of Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station for nearly half an hour as the astro-junk sped by, reports the New York Daily News.
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