Asteroid May Cross Path of Red Planet

Diagram of expected path of asteroid i i

The blue arrow shows the predicted path of the asteroid on Jan. 30, 2008. The orange line indicates the area it is expected to pass through. Mars may or may not be in its path. NASA/JPL hide caption

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Diagram of expected path of asteroid

The blue arrow shows the predicted path of the asteroid on Jan. 30, 2008. The orange line indicates the area it is expected to pass through. Mars may or may not be in its path.

NASA/JPL

NASA astronomers are monitoring an asteroid that is headed in the direction of Mars at about 28,000 miles per hour. Scientists say that the space rock has a 1-in-75 chance of colliding with the Red Planet.

Guests:

Donald Yeomans, manager of the Near Earth Object Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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