This image mosaic of asteroid 253 Mathilde is constructed from four images acquired by the NEAR spacecraft on June 27, 1997. The images were taken from a distance of 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers). Sunlight is coming from the upper right. The part of the asteroid shown is about 36 by 29 miles (59 by 47 kilometers) across.

While throughout the ages many people have been fearful of comets and asteroids, and there is certainly geological evidence that the earth has been struck many times, there is little that we can do about it. What we cannot control we attribute to Divine Destiny. In point of fact there is little probability of such events affecting any of us specifically during our lifetime.