Nightly News   |  February 20, 2013

NASA photographs giant asteroid

The asteroid that went flying by Earth last week about 17,000 miles above the planet’s surface, was captured on NASA cameras. NBC’s Brian Williams reports

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>>> in space news, here's the one that didn't blow up over siberia. the asteroid we were expecting to see last friday when we woke up instead to the unexpected news of a meteor strike . this is the best nasa could do for a close-up of the hurtling object, 17,000 miles up. still a very close call , as such fly-byes go, and much closer to earth than the satellites normally orbit.