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Asteroid 2012 DA14's To Give Earth Record-Setting Close Shave

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By Jacqueline Howard
The Huffington Post
1-31-13

     The big day is almost here: on Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 will come extremely close to Earth.

How close exactly? Just 17,200 miles above our planet's surface, according to NASA. That puts the 50-meter-wide space rock nearer to Earth than many satellite orbits (just check out the video above).

"This is a record-setting close approach," planetary scientist Don Yeomans of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a written statement. "Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, we've never seen an object this big get so close to Earth." . . .
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