Asteroid to Pass Earth on Friday; 2nd Close Fly-By of the WeekA newly-discovered space rock will pass within 39,000 miles of Earth on Friday afternoon. That's less than one-fifth the distance to the moon.
NASA Reveals Plan To Redirect Asteroid Chunk Into Moon's OrbitNASA revealed its plans Wednesday to fly robotic spacecraft to asteroids by the end of the decade.
Obama, NASA Embrace California Idea To Seize An AsteroidNASA is planning to catch an asteroid and place it in orbit around the moon. NASA's plan is similar to one suggested last year by experts at the California Institute of Technology.

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