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Space Science

NASA Snaps New Photo of Incoming Asteroid 135

Posted by timothy
from the authorities-say-it-is-unarmed-and-not-dangerous dept.
astroengine writes "Wider than an aircraft carrier and darker than coal, asteroid 2005 YU55 is soaring at over 11 miles a second straight towards Earth and moon on its latest path through the inner solar system. This new radar image was acquired Nov. 7 by the 70-meter radio telescope at NASA's Deep Space Network in Goldstone, Calif., and shows the approaching space rock in unprecedented detail." Phil Plait has posted some information from NASA about just how they're doing the tricky job of tracking the asteroid.
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NASA Snaps New Photo of Incoming Asteroid

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  • Re:Bullshit (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 08, 2011 @11:27AM (#37985412)

    We apologize for not getting you a magazine quality glossy of an essentially black object moving at 11 miles per second through the vastness of space nearly a million miles away. We are in a bit of a budget crunch.


  • Re:Bullshit (Score:5, Funny)

    by Again (1351325) on Tuesday November 08, 2011 @11:42AM (#37985632)

    I don't understand why they don't just send it to a crime scene investigators lab to have the image made crystal clear and so that we can view the asteroid at more angles.

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