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ASAP: Add asteroid detection to our science to-do list

8476682346_94790227cf_hA close encounter of the rocky kind is set for Feb. 15, when an office-building-size asteroid will speed past Earth faster than a bullet and closer than some communications satellites.

It will be the nearest recorded brush with a space rock so large, NASA scientists said Thursday.

The good news: There’s no chance of an impact. At its closest, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass about 17,000 miles above Earth.

The bad news: A million other potentially dangerous — and unknown — city-killing space rocks are out there, and one of them could be on a collision course with Earth. Critics say NASA and other space agencies are not doing enough to scan for these threats.

Click here to read more from this February 7, 2013 Washington Post story by Brian Vastag.

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