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Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth
By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA says a big asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years.
Astronomers got a much better look at the asteroid when it whizzed by Earth on Wednesday. They recalculated, determining it wasn't on path to hit Earth on April 13, 2036 as once feared.
At more than 1,000 feet wide, the rock could do significant damage but not cause worldwide extinctions.
About nine years ago, when astronomers first saw the asteroid, they thought there was a 2.7 percent chance that Apophis would smack into our planet. Later, they lowered the chances. The asteroid is named after an evil Egyptian mythical serpent.
Donald Yeomans, who manages NASA's asteroid-tracking office, said now the asteroid won't get closer than 19,400 miles.
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Posted: Friday, January 11 2013, 06:32 PM CST
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Civil Air Patrol helps asses Okla. tornado damage
May 25, 2013 18:12 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol Wing is helping the Federal Emergency Management Agency by going door-to-door to help assess damage from the killer tornado that struck Moore.
Lt. Col. Dave Roberts says the work began Wednesday to photograph the estimated 12,00 homes damaged by the tornadoes in Moore and south Oklahoma City.
He says the CAP has been taking an average of 500 photos per day and hopes to triple that amount Saturday with the addition of more volunteers.
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