Asteroid to zoom 'damn close' to Earth on Thursday, will also test planetary defense system
An asteroid the size of a house will zoom past the Earth on Thursday at a distance of some 26,000 miles, NASA said. That's actually fairly close, when you consider that the moon is about 239,000 miles away. “It's damn close," Rolf Densing, head of the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, told The Telegraph. "The farthest satellites are 22,000 miles out, so this is indeed a close miss," he said.