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Borski
12-29-2007, 02:05 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The chances are getting better that an asteroid will gouge a half-mile chunk out of the Red Planet.

Scientists have upgraded the likelihood of a direct hit to Mars from asteroid 2007 WD5 from a 1-in-75 chance to 1-in-25. It's still a long shot, but those odds have many scientists giddy at the thought of cosmic fireworks. The head of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program said the crash would be "cool."

A Ph.D. student scoured through archives to come up with data used to recalculate the odds the football field-sized rock will add a new crater to the Red Planet's surface.
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If the impact happens, it would likely slam north of where the rover Opportunity has been exploring since 2004.

The asteroid poses no threat to Earth.

http://www.local6.com/technology/14942299/detail.html

The Duke
12-29-2007, 10:32 AM
I saw this earlier in the week but they said the odds were a little low. now it is more likely to hit mars......kinda tells you how fast the universe can change in such little time

Borski
01-02-2008, 08:39 PM
I read another article that mentioned the odds being bumped up to a 1-20 shot

revefsreleets
01-02-2008, 09:08 PM
Whew! I'm glad I read this. I was about to blow all my dough on liquor and cheap Haitian hookers and go out with a bang!