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NASA plans to grab near-Earth asteroid

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NASA is looking for a 25-foot, 500-ton needle in a haystack. The “needle” is an errant space rock originally from the asteroid belt, and the “haystack” is the interplanetary space of our solar system. There is a heightened priority at NASA to find small asteroids that pass near Earth. In February, the danger to civilization became apparent when an air burst from a 50-foot meteor over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injured more than 1,500 people as windows ...

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