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If NASA calculations are correct, giant asteroid will miss earth by 15m miles

If NASA calculations are correct, giant asteroid will miss earth by 15m miles

 Space agency takes unusual step of issuing the all-clear amid fears that asteroid 8666 (2000 FL 10) was headed right for us

Space agency takes unusual step of issuing the all-clear amid fears that asteroid 8666 (2000 FL 10) was headed right for us

By Rob Crilly for Telegraph.co.uk

The doom-mongers have already been proved wrong once this week, when a date for the end of the world passed without incident on Wednesday.

Now the world has been given a second reprieve.

Nasa has confirmed that a giant asteroid will pass safely by Earth on Saturday.

At 1.5 miles wide, a collision with asteroid 86666 (2000 FL 10) would be catastrophic.

But on Friday Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab's Near Earth Object Office, which tracks asteroids, said it would not come closer than 15m miles (about half the distance between the Earth and Mars).

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