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Asteroid 'poses no threat' to Earth, White House says

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:09 a.m. HST, May 31, 2013

WASHINGTON » Have no fear: The White House says an asteroid more than 1 1/2 miles long poses no threat to planet Earth.

The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 was making its closest approach to Earth today, keeping a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the asteroid during a briefing. He says scientists have concluded the asteroid "poses no threat to planet Earth."

He added, to laughter, "I never really thought I'd be standing up here saying that."

The asteroid is believed to be about 1.7 miles long.

The White House was hosting a "We The Geeks" Google+ Hangout today, bringing together NASA's deputy administrator and scientists to talk about asteroids.

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juscasting wrote:
If it did pose a threat, I don't think they would be telling us anyway until they could come up with a plan to destroy it. Don't think they would want to cause panic!
on May 31,2013 | 09:24AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Asteroid 'poses no threat' to Earth, White House says – BUT White House ‘poses threat’ to Earth says the Asteroid!
on May 31,2013 | 09:28AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Asteroid 'poses no threat' to Earth, White House says – BUT White House ‘poses threat’ to Earth says the Asteroid!
on May 31,2013 | 09:29AM
serious wrote:
WOW! Wish I'd said that but OD would say its from FOX.
on May 31,2013 | 09:42AM
SandBar wrote:
And who believes what the White House says nowadays.
on May 31,2013 | 12:23PM
steveoctober wrote:
The House is now considering an "asteroid tax", which will cost each taxpayer approximately $100 per year to help fund asteroid research. The researchers will primarily be based in India.
on May 31,2013 | 01:13PM
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