The infamous 2007 WD5 asteroid was once predicted to have a 3 in 1 chance of smashing into the planet Mars causing a real treat for astonomers on Earth. Then as time elapsed, better figures came in, the space scientists began hedging their bets. Then just two weeks ago it was proclaimed that the asteroid would come close but miss the Red planet.
Well, we can report that everybody was wrong. 2007 WD5 flitted past Mars, giving it and whatever life it may or may not have, including those two manmade mechanical marvels, Spirit and Opportunity, a wide berth and whizzed right on by without even so much as a “howdy doo!”
The asteroid missed Mars by a distance of approximately 6.5 Mars radii.