NASA admits there’s ‘a chance’ that asteroid 2013 TX68 COULD smash into Earth

Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

Humanity is expected to survive its close encounter with a space rock next week – but we’re not out of danger just yet

Mirror.co.uk
26 FEB 2016

NASA has dramatically changed its mind about the risks posed by asteroid 2013 TX68 , a 100ft-wide rock which is currently heading towards Earth.

It said there was “a chance” it could plough into our planet next year when it makes another flyby.

However, we are glad to report that NASA thinks the odds of a collision on September 28, 2017, are “no more than 1-in-250-million”.

It it did hit the planet, the asteroid would probably explode in the atmosphere, unleashing as much energy as a powerful nuclear bomb and wiping out anything unlucky enough to be beneath it.

“The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for near earth orbit studies .

“I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more.”

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