January 4th, 2013
11:07 AM ET

Asteroid to fly between Earth, moon

CNN's Chad Myers has the details of an asteroid scientists say will narrowly miss hitting Earth in February.

Filed under: In Space • the Moon
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  1. drachefly


    > There's next to nothing we could do about it if it was going to hit us

    Though this one isn't going to hit us, it's an indication that there is a population of rocks up there in a position to hit us. That's something to be concerned about – and there is something we can do about it: find the rest of these rocks. If we see one coming with enough warning time, then we have several methods available for deflecting it.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • manuel

      when are we going to get nasa out of kindergargen? We need to work on projects that are worth the cost to construct them. we need to build structures to support life in space. We need to build structures to grow food in.
      We need to build a large living space to house construction workers in space. We need to build factories in space to supply the materials for construction in space. we need to learn how to turn space junk into building materials. We need to learn how to harvest materials from space objects. We need to get NASA to work with construction companies to develop our future developments in space. We need to harvest solar power and beam it back to the planet. We need to stop playing with toys and get to work.

      January 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  2. kevin

    Why is Wolf, and the media in general, all about "fear". He goes on about should we be afraid of it...why? There's next to nothing we could do about it if it was going to hit us, and "worrying" about it does absolutely nothing. The media is all about "fear" these days.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Portland tony

      We here of scientists looking for "Cinderella" planets. Those that could and possibly do support life as we know it. Yet in the future, knowing a catastrophic event was to occur on earth, it's not beyond reason to assume these scientists would launch probes to these "Cinderella" worlds with our spores and possibly preserved lifeforms to ensure the continuation of life as we know it. Who knows? Perhaps this is mankind's destiny!

      January 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
      • Portland tony

        Oops....that's "hear" of...

        January 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
      • rafa

        They've already sent some microbial life forms that are not dependant on water for survival to Mars and our moon.

        January 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • rafa

      The mainstream media is ALL about fear. That's how they make their money! Just take a look at the front page of any of the major news outlets. 90% of the articles are about rape, murders, and your children being in danger.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Portland tony

    The fact that a massive object could and possibly will at sometime in the future impact our planet setting civilization and even life itself back thousands of years puts in prospective mankind's actual reason for existence. All of the political infighting,, wars fought over religious differencs, mundane battles over fiscal cliffs...... in the long term mean nothing. Truely if there is a God, he must be laughing at our foolishness!

    January 6, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • ulu

      And here I thought the author is taking us to the challenge of not using force as an international policy and you dropped back 10 and punted to god. what a let down.

      January 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  4. Ed

    except roaches and twinkies

    January 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Geo

      too bad we already lost the twinkies a few months back already

      January 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
  5. GW Hamer

    Faith & science, t's a wonderful life!

    January 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  6. mike

    dennis and sam,
    You first.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  7. dennis

    What a bright green planet this would be without humanity.. such a beautiful sight

    January 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • Anonymous

      If earth would be so nice without humanity, then make the first step and hang yourself...

      January 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Yes

      there's no point, no one would be here to see it

      January 7, 2013 at 8:58 am |
  8. sam

    Just not close enough. One day the right one will come along and remove the scourge of humanity. There are probably several lurking now, just waiting for Bruce Willis to die first.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • Anonymous

      And it would also wipe out all other life on earth...

      January 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
      • rafa

        Not really. Other life forms (such as bacteria), would survive. How exciting it'd be to see what would be the next dominant species!

        January 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm |


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