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'We Won't Die': Russian Space Agency Comments on Skyscraper-Sized Asteroid Approaching Earth

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The space rock will be closer to our planet than any other asteroid in the next decade - it is expected to come within 120,000 km of the Earth, which is significantly closer than the Earth-Moon distance (384,402 kilometres).

The dangerous asteroid 2011 ES4, which is at least 25 metres (82 feet) in diameter, will approach Earth on Tuesday, 2 September, according to NASA. The closest distance between 2011 ES4 and the planet will be at 16:12 GMT.

Russia’s Roscosmos state space corporation noted that the asteroid poses no danger to our planet.

"We won't die", the corporation said, noting that at least 80 space rocks of the same class as 2011 ES4 approached Earth in August.

​Earlier this week, NASA also warned that another asteroid will approach Earth on 2 November - right before the US presidential elections. The agency noted, however, that the chances of it making an impact are 0.41 percent.

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