That was close! NASA says an asteroid will miss Earth by 553,000 miles in 2040

That's close! NASA says an asteroid will miss Earth by 553,000 miles in 2040 | UPDATED: 21:10 GMT, 22 December 2012 Not only did Earth survive the Mayan doomsday prophecy but now it appears we've dodged an asteroid as well.

Nasa prepares to crash probes into the surface of the moon on Monday night

Going out with a bang: Nasa prepares to crash probes into the surface of the moon in dramatic finale to year-long lunar mission The twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft will crash on Monday nightMarks end of a year-long mission to the moon | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 14 December 2012 A year-long mission to learn what lies beneath the lunar surface will culminate next week with Nasa crashing a pair of small robotic science probes into the moon.