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  • Indeed, Yeomans goes so far as to call the asteroid's unwelcome drive-by "an extraordinary opportunity" to learn more about the composition of asteroids.

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  • Jones spoke at the European Space Agency's operational center in Darmstadt, Germany, where former NASA astronauts and scientists from space agencies across the globe pushed for international space agencies to band together to address the issue from within the U.N. Jones and his colleagues proposed that a group involving the world's space agencies be established to pool resources to prevent such an asteroid's impact and to better inform the public of the possible threat.

    Astronauts: Asteroid Threat Calls For Teamwork

  • In 20 to 40 years, the technology to modify an asteroid's trajectory enough to have it impact on one's adversary will exist ... then, say if they try to deflect Apophis before 2036, and it impacts one of America's adversaries, there will be a hue and cry that this was done deliberately rather than the event having been the result of a miscalculation.

    Asteroid Threat Conference Underway - NASA Watch

  • Yeomans told HuffPost that the flyby will give astronomers a great view of 2005 YU55 and is an opportunity to do research into the asteroid's composition.

    Asteroid 2005 YU55 To Narrowly Miss Earth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  • Lance Benner, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a video from NASA available below that scientists haven't been able to reliably compute the asteroid's path beyond a couple of hundred years from now.

    Asteroid 2005 YU55 To Narrowly Miss Earth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  • LOOK: Animation of asteroid's path as it passes by Earth.

    Asteroid 2005 YU55 To Narrowly Miss Earth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  • Researchers already are expressing surprise at the asteroid's extremely varied surface features.

    US Spacecraft to Rendezvous with Asteroid

  • It will map the mineral composition and features of Vesta's surface, collect information about Vesta's gravity field and peer into a massive crater that might expose the asteroid's core.

    US Spacecraft to Rendezvous with Asteroid

  • They also are eager to study a mysterious dark spot that stretches 100 kilometers across the asteroid's jagged landscape.

    NASA Probe Returns First Images of Asteroid Vesta

  • During the next 48 hours or so, the astronomers expect to map the asteroid's surface and refine their knowledge about its orbit enough to predict its precise path well into the future.

    Asteroid to Just Squeeze Past Earth

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