Asteroid Misses Earth, Pharma Safe for Now

Source: NASA

By Steven Kuehn

Oct 18, 2013

According to NASA, newly discovered asteroid 2013 TV135 came within about 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers) of the planet Earth, home to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The 400-meter object was discovered on Oct. 8, 2013, by Ukrainian astronomers. Says NASA: "With only a week of observations for an orbital period that spans almost four years, its future orbital path is still quite uncertain, but this asteroid could be back in Earth's neighborhood in 2032." However, NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office states the probability of this asteroid impacting Earth on its return trip is only one in 63,000 which means Pharma is probably safe for now. Read the full story