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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Scientist at NASA breathed a sigh of relief after avoiding a major disaster.

NASA’s “Maven” spacecraft is orbiting Mars to study its upper atmosphere.

Teams recently discovered it was on track to slam into one of Mars’ moons – Phobos. That’s when scientists gave the “Maven” a motor rocket burn to speed it up just a touch – less than one mile an hour.

That was enough to steer the spacecraft away from the moon, avoiding the possible collision.

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NASA’s Maven Explorer Path With Mars Moon (Source: Twitter/ @MAVEN2Mars)

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