Friday :: Dec 21, 2007

Warning to Martians!

by Turkana

Los Angeles Times:

Talk about your cosmic pileups.

An asteroid similar to the one that flattened forests in Siberia in 1908 could plow into Mars next month, scientists said Thursday.

Researchers attached to NASA's Near-Earth Object Program, who sometimes jokingly call themselves the Solar System Defense Team, have been tracking the asteroid since its discovery in late November.

The scientists, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La CaƱada Flintridge, put the chances that it will hit the Red Planet on Jan. 30 at about 1 in 75.

If it hits, the resulting dust plume could be visible through telescopes on Earth.

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