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Fighting Asteroids a New Task for Russia’s Space Industry

Posted By admin On October 21, 2013 @ 5:03 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RIA Novosti [1]
October 21, 2013

Russia’s space agency has a new mission on its plate: fighting asteroids, the organization’s head said Sunday.

Oleg Ostapenko, chief of the Roscosmos federal space agency, said that meetings had been arranged with the Russian Academy of Sciences to discuss the project and later confer with scientists. “It’s an interesting topic,” he said.

Detecting and combating threatening space rocks is a complex task, Ostapenko added, which may also require teamwork with Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces. The issue “can be solved only within the framework of all our country’s possibilities,” he said.

The announcement follows last week’s discovery of a 410-meter-wide (1,350 foot) asteroid that could hit Earth in 2032 [2], which Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called “a super-task for our space industry.”

Scientists’ initial estimates say the asteroid has a 1 in 63,000 chance of colliding with Earth on August 26, 2032, though they said astronomers will be able to better evaluate the impact risk in 2028.

The asteroid has been given a 1 out of 10 rating on the Torino Scale, which estimates asteroid impact hazards.

Another space intruder made headlines earlier this year when a meteor exploded over Russia’s Urals city of Chelyabinsk in February, shattering windows and shocking residents.


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[1] RIA Novosti: http://en.ria.ru/science/20131020/184254948/Fighting-Asteroids-a-New-Task-for-Russias-Space-Industry.html

[2] that could hit Earth in 2032: http://en.ria.ru/science/20131017/184201264/400-Meter-Wide-Asteroid-Could-Hit-Earth-in-2032.html

[3] Ukrainian astronomers discover 1,300 ft asteroid heading for possible devastating 2032 impact with Earth: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ukrainian-astronomers-discover-1300-ft-asteroid-heading-for-possible-devastating-2032-impact-with-earth.html

[4] Large asteroid colliding with Earth ‘probable this century’ – video: http://www.prisonplanet.com/large-asteroid-colliding-with-earth-probable-this-century-video.html

[5] Stunning NASA map reveals paths of 1,400 huge ‘hazard’ asteroids: http://www.prisonplanet.com/stunning-nasa-map-reveals-paths-of-1400-huge-hazard-asteroids.html

[6] Space alert: Hazardous asteroid nears Earth: http://www.prisonplanet.com/space-alert-hazardous-asteroid-nears-earth.html

[7] Russia Unprepared to Deal With Space Alien Invasion – Official: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-unprepared-to-deal-with-space-alien-invasion-official.html

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