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NASA claims that the size of a celestial body does not pose a threat to the inhabitants of our planet.

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that on Friday, April 2, a 14-meter asteroid will fly over the Earth.

The cosmic body will fly at a speed of 4.3 kilometers per second, that is, about 20 thousand kilometers per hour. Thus, the asteroid will cover the distance between the Earth and the Moon in 19 hours.

The 2021 FT space body will be 1.3 million kilometers from Earth.

NASA claims that the asteroid does not pose a threat to the inhabitants of our planet.

Nonetheless, this is a hair’s width in astronomical terms, which is why NASA has described it as a near Earth object (NEO).

NEOs provide the likes of NASA the opportunity to look at the history of the solar system.

NASA said on its JPL website: “NEOs are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood.

“The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is due largely to their status as the relatively unchanged remnant debris from the solar system formation process some 4.6 billion years ago.

“The giant outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) formed from an agglomeration of billions of comets and the left over bits and pieces from this formation process are the comets we see today.

“Likewise, today’s asteroids are the bits and pieces left over from the initial agglomeration of the inner planets that include Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.”

The European Space Agency (ESA) warned that NEOs can pose a threat to Earth.

It said: “Of the more than 600,000 known asteroids in our Solar System, more than 20,000 are NEOs.

“NEOs could potentially hit our planet and, depending on their size, produce considerable damage.

“While the chance of a large object hitting Earth is very small, it would produce a great deal of destruction.

“NEOs thus merit active detection and tracking efforts.”

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