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Tuesday, 6:31 PM, EST

“We begin tonight with breaking news from NASA. For more than three years now, scientists have been tracking a massive asteroid, officially known as Asteroid 2013JM431. At the time of its discovery, it was said to be in a near-earth orbit, but scientists also said it posed no direct threat to Earth. Astronomers announced today that, in fact, the asteroid appears to be on a more direct path with Earth. Although the asteroid is still ten years out, they have estimated that there is a one in ten chance of an Earth impact. Already, scientists are formulating plans to alter the path of the asteroid, and are confident that they can nudge it just enough to avoid disaster. For more, we go to Franklin McDavid at NASA.”

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