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Path of Asteroid 2002MN.

June 15

2002 - Near earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. NASA Earth Impact Risk Summary

2000 - Scientists discover Sugar in Space. The discovery of the sugar molecule glycolaldehyde in a giant cloud of gas and dust near the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy was made by scientists using the National Science Foundation's 12 Meter Telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, detected by Jan M. Hollis (NASA/Goddard), Frank J. Lovas (University of Illinois), and Philip R. Jewell (NRAO/Green Bank)The discovery of this sugar molecule in a cloud from which new stars are forming means it is increasingly likely that the chemical precursors to life are formed in such clouds long before planets develop around the stars." -- Jan M. Hollis

1960 - Russian Launch Vehicle: R-2 Carried dogs (Otvazhnaya, Brave One and one unnamed dog) into sub-orbital flight. 131 miles.
molecular cloud, known as Sagittarius B2 (North)
molecular cloud, known as Sagittarius B2.
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