NASA to Visit Asteroid Predicted to Hit Earth?

There’s a mountain-size asteroid on a potential collision course with Earth, and NASA has plans to pay it a visit.
The asteroid 1999 RQ36 made headlines last week with the announcement that the space rock could hit our planet in 2182. But a handful of scientists have had their eyes on this asteroid since 2007, planning a sample-return mission designed to help us better predict—and avoid—impact hazards.

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