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An asteroid with the force of 22 atomic bombs may hit Earth (photos)

An asteroid with the force of 22 atomic bombs may hit Earth (photos)

NASA is closely monitoring the asteroid called Bennu, because there is a possibility that it will hit Earth, as its power is equivalent to the power of 22 atomic bombs, and its size is half the size of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

This particular asteroid passes by the planet every six years, and the odds of a devastating strike are only one in 2,700.

However, samples were taken from its surface, and some scientists expect that it may fall to Earth, specifically in the Utah desert on September 24, 2182, exactly 159 years later, the Daily Star wrote in a related article.

So NASA is planning to change the asteroid’s trajectory and is already carrying out missions. “We are now in the final phase of this effort and have a few miles to go,” said Rich Burns, OSIRIS-REx project manager.

The secret of the water’s surface

Asteroid Bennu may scare scientists, but it also arouses their intense interest, especially after sampling.

SPACE reported that its surface was found to have water features.

“Pristine material from Bennu will help shed light on the formation of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago and perhaps even how life began on Earth,” said Nicola Fox, deputy director of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

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