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Astronomers Rule Out Possibility of Asteroid Impact on Mars

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:01 am
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(NASA) – As expected, scientists at JPL’s Near-Earth Object Office have further refined the trajectory estimate for asteroid 2007 WD5 and ruled out any possibility of a Mars impact on Jan. 30.

The latest trajectory plot of the asteroid was made possible by adding to previously obtained data some new data from a round of observations acquired by three observatories on the evenings of Jan. 5 through 8.

Based on this latest analysis, the odds for the asteroid impacting Mars on Jan. 30 are 0.0 percent.

The latest observations come from the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, Spain; the Multi-Mirror Telescope, Mt. Hopkins, Ariz.; and the University of Hawaii telescope, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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