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NASA Fails To Spot City Destroying Asteroid

09-Dec-2017

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Only spotted the day after it skimmed past the planet.

Asteroid 2017 VL2 was just over 100,000 km from Earth - about a third of the distance to the moon.

Could have annihilated life within six kilometers of the impact area.

Measuring around 20-30 metres in diameter the space rock belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids.

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Co-Manager of the Near-Earth Object Segment of the Space Situational Awareness Programme.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration