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NASA: Asteroid impact odds 'one in a million'

(People's Daily Online)

10:58, January 11, 2013

Asteroid Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004. (Photo/NASA)

According to the website of NASA, the Earth impact odds of asteroid Apophis now are "less than one in a million”.

"With the new data, we have effectively ruled out the possibility of an Earth impact by Apophis in 2036," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office.

"The impact odds as they stand now are less than one in a million, which makes us comfortable saying we can effectively rule out an Earth impact in 2036. Our interest in asteroid Apophis will essentially be for its scientific interest for the foreseeable future."

Discovered in 2004, the asteroid, which is the size of three-and-a-half football fields, gathered the immediate attention of space scientists and the media when initial calculations of its orbit indicated a 2.7 percent possibility of an Earth impact during a close flyby in 2029.

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