Asteroid fly-by and meteor shower had a one in 100MILLION chance of happening on the same day

Asteroid fly-by and meteor shower had a one in 100MILLION chance of happening on the same day – that's a better chance than winning the lotteryAsteroid flew within 17,000 miles of Earth several hours after a meteor shower over Russia Asteroids fly close to the planet once a century while meteor showers happen about once every decade DA14 hitting the planet, if it did, it would have inflicted 1,000 times more damage than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Its closest approach, passing within 17,000 miles (27,357 kilometers), which is closer than some satellites, was at 7.25pm, GMT. Disaster: This graphic shows the sequence of events which led to the meteor crashing in Russia Speed: Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second and that such events were hard to predict VIDEO Unbelievable footage.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 in "near miss" with the Earth, will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday

Asteroid in ‘near miss’ with the Earth: Object capable of destroying London will pass within 17,000 miles from earth on Friday Scientists say there no chance the space rock will hit the planet But the asteroid could collide with satellites disrupting your mobile phone DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago. It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time on Friday. Experts have calculated it will stay at least 17,200 miles (27,681km) away – easily far enough to be safe, but a very close shave in astronomical terms

YouTube video shows how astronauts defy gravity to wash their hands

Ever wondered how astronauts wash their hands New video shows spaceman demonstrating the process Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield reveals the secret – no-rinse soap By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 19:32 GMT, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:50 GMT, 4 February 2013 Their gravity defying existence has long been a source of wonder for mere earthlings. But have you ever wondered how astronauts manage to complete everyday, mundane tasks like washing their hands, completely weightless A new video released by the Canadian Space Agency has revealed the answer – no-rinse soap. Scroll down for video Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield beamed a video back from space to show a young caller how he washes his hands in the weightless atmosphere Shown on YouTube, he squirts the solution from a straw attached to a pouch and it gathers in a ball, heading towards the ceiling The astronaut will have to act quickly before the ball of handwash reaches the roof In a question-and-answer session beamed back from space, astronaut Chris Hadfield took a young caller through the process step-by-step

Nasa reveals new spacesuit – but was it designed by a fan of Buzz Lightyear?

To infinity and beyond! Nasa reveals new spacesuit – but was it designed by a fan of Buzz LightyearNasa's white and green Z-1 prototype space suit looks remarkably similar to that worn by the cartoon heroThe main advance in Nasa's suit is a rear-entry point to make it easier and quicker to put on than previous versionsJoints and materials have also been redesigned so that astronauts can move more easily when wearing the suit | UPDATED: 20:37 GMT, 19 December 2012 Nasa's next generation of space suit – the agency's first in 20 years – will look familiar to fans of computer generated cartoon classic Toy Story. That's because the new white and green Z-1 suit bears more than a passing resemblance to the interstellar hero Buzz Lightyear

U.S. military sends mystery space drone back into orbit. . .but they STILL won"t tell anyone what its mission will be

U.S. military sends mystery space drone back into orbit – but they STILL won't tell anyone what its mission will beBoeing's secretive X-37B space plane was launched into space on its third mission this afternoon from Cape Canaveral in Florida The $1 billion unmanned craft is on a classified mission which the U.S.

2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors pose a threat to frightened children and suicidal teenagers, says NASA

NASA warns Mayan apocalypse stories pose threat to frightened children and suicidal teenagersThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration warns that 2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors pose a real-life threat to frightened children and depressive teenagersSome say they can't eat, or are too worried to sleep, while others say that they are suicidal, according to NASA astrobiologist David Morrison The apocalypse rumors began with claims that Nibiru, a rogue planet discovered by the Sumerians, will crash into Earth on December 21, killing everyone | UPDATED: 04:30 GMT, 30 November 2012 While some are throwing fantastical Doomsday countdown parties, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is issuing grave warnings that 2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors pose a real-life threat to frightened children and depressive teenagers. David Morrison, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, said on Wednesday that he receives a large number of emails and letters from worried citizens, most often from young people

Bubbly teenager, 16, jumped from bridge over fears of school punishment after she was caught downing vodka shots

Bubbly teenager, 16, jumped from bridge over fears of school punishment after she was caught downing vodka shots Wendy Maguire was twice over legal drink drive limit when she jumpedTeenager 'thought she was going to be in trouble', said coroner todayParents Leila and Niall dismiss claim that daughter would take her own life | UPDATED: 12:20 GMT, 28 November 2012 Wendy Maguire, 16, who fell to her death from a footbridge after downing shots of alcohol A teenager downed shots of vodka at school then jumped to her death from a motorway bridge because she was 'worried about getting into trouble', an inquest heard today. Wendy Maguire, 16, left the school grounds after being sent to the head teacher's office when staff reported smelling alcohol on her breath.