Lost in space?

Hecht, Jeff
November 1991
New Scientist;11/23/91, Vol. 132 Issue 1796, p14
Reports that an object with an orbit similar to the Earth's will pass about 500,000 kilometers from Earth on December 5, 1991. Astronomers' speculation that the object is a small asteroid or a lost spacecraft returning from deep space; Discovery of the object by James Scotti of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.


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