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No, Asteroid Bennu won’t destroy Earth

(SPACE.COM) — NASA’s new asteroid-sampling mission will do a lot of interesting things, but helping prepare humanity for Earth’s imminent destruction is not among them.

There is indeed a chance that the 1,650-foot-wide (500 meters) asteroid Bennu — the target of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch next month — could hit Earth late in the 22nd century.

But, mission officials stressed, that chance is slim, and the space rock is not nearly big enough to pose an existential threat to the planet, despite what some media reports claimed over the weekend. [Potentially Dangerous Asteroids (Images)]

“We’re not talking about an asteroid that could destroy the Earth,” OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta, of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, told Space.com. “We’re not anywhere near that kind of energy for an impact.”

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NASA HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT: More than 1,200 new planets that could hold life found

(UK EXPRESS) — The US space agency has just announced the discovery of the new “exoplanets” which are considered as similar to Earth.

It more than doubles the previous amount of exoplanets found by the Kepler Telescope.

It comes after NASA said they now also believe every star in space has at least one planet orbiting it.

Among the new discoveries are also a further 100 grade A rocky exoplanets which are the most likely for life to begin just like Earth.

It was previously believed that many stars were out there alone, meaning the odds of other Earth-like planets with the right conditions for life to start are much higher than ever believed.

The information has come from astronomers researching swathes of data from the Kepler Telescope mission.

NASA made the major announcement about the latest findings from the Kepler research at an ongoing press conference, so click back on this story which will be updated.

A NASA spokesman said: “When Kepler was launched in March 2009, scientists did not know how common planets were outside our solar system.

“Thanks to Kepler’s treasure trove of discoveries, astronomers now believe there may be at least one planet orbiting every star in the sky.”

Kepler completed its prime mission in 2012, and collected data for an additional year in an extended mission. In 2014, the spacecraft began a new extended mission called K2.

K2 continues the search for exoplanets while introducing new research opportunities to study young stars, supernovae and other cosmic phenomena.

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