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Asteroid To Return In 2036

Cosmic/Space News

Dec 04, 2006
(AP) A Maine scientist who uses radar to peer at objects in space says an asteroid that passed by Earth five years ago is due for a return visit to the planetary neighborhood in 2036. But Chris Magri, an associate professor of physics at the University of Maine at Farmington, says there's no need for panic. By that time, Magri says, scientists may have figured out a way to send the muffin-shaped asteroid, known as KW4, somewhere else. Magri joined a team of more than a dozen other scientists who calculated that the asteroid will not actually hit the Earth for at least 1,000 years. The research on KW4 was led by Steven Ostro, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Daniel Scheeres, associate professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan.

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