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First international asteroid tracking exercise proves a success

08-Nov-2017

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An international team led by NASA has tested the International Asteroid Warning Network, which successfully tracked a potentially dangerous asteroid.

In addition, scientists were able to deduce the asteroid's shape and clock its rotation, giving it a "day" of 12 minutes as it tumbles as well as spins.

The odds of the Earth being struck by a large asteroid are small, but fact that even a small asteroid can deliver the impact of a tactical nuclear weapon, preventing or at least predicting such impacts is a high priority in the space community.

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Center for computing asteroid and comet orbits and their probability of Earth impact