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Deep Impact... On Mars... Possibly

Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:58 am

LOS ANGELES - Mars could be in for an asteroid hit.

A newly discovered hunk of space rock has a 1-in-75 chance of slamming into the Red Planet on Jan. 30, scientists said Thursday.
"We know that it's going to fly by Mars and most likely going to miss, but there's a possibility of an impact," he said.

If the asteroid does smash into Mars, it'll likely aim near the equator, close to where the rover Opportunity has been exploring the Martian plains since 2004. The robot is not in danger because it lies outside the potential impact zone. Speeding at 8 miles (12.8 kilometers) a second, a collision would carve a hole the size of the famed Meteor Crater in Arizona.

Interesting if it does happen on an earthlike planet. At least it'll give an indication of what could be in store should the worst happen here. Don't know what the martians are planning though..... maybe they'll move here.
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RE: Deep Impact... On Mars... Possibly

Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:03 am

It's twoo, it's twoo!!!
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RE: Deep Impact... On Mars... Possibly

Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:34 pm

In the words of Dakota Fanning, "Oh MY GOD DADDY! IS IT THE TERRORISTS?"

That was the funniest line in that movie.


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