NASA STATEMENT ON STUDENT ASTEROID CALCULATIONS

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    April 16,  2008
    
    Dwayne  Brown
    1-202-358-1726
    dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov
    
    RELEASE:  08-103
    
    NASA STATEMENT ON STUDENT ASTEROID CALCULATIONS
    
    WASHINGTON  -- The Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet
    Propulsion Laboratory  in Pasadena, Calif., has not changed its
    current estimates for the very low  probability (1 in 45,000) of an
    Earth impact by the asteroid Apophis in  2036.
    
    Contrary to recent press reports, NASA offices involved in  near-Earth
    object research were not contacted and have had no  correspondence
    with a young German student, who claims the Apophis  impact
    probability is far higher than the current estimate.
    
    This  student's conclusion reportedly is based on the possibility of a
    collision  with an artificial satellite during the asteroid's close
    approach in April  2029. However, the asteroid will not pass near the
    main belt of  geosynchronous satellites in 2029, and the chance of a
    collision with a  satellite is exceedingly remote.
    
    Therefore, consideration of this  satellite collision scenario does not
    affect the current impact probability  estimate for Apophis, which
    remains at 1 in 45,000.  
    
    
    
    
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