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Statement Sheet For The Academic Year 2011-2012

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Rock that whizzed by Earth may be grabbed

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials described a prime candidate: A tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet long, it is "the size of a delivery truck; we might actually be able to put this asteroid in a garage," said Northern Arizona University astronomer Michael Mommert, who studied the rock, which goes by the inelegant name of 2011 MD. That asteroid also could be a pile of smaller rocks that fly together in formation. NASA's plan is to grab an asteroid ... Read More

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