Russian Nuclear Missiles To Save Earth From Asteroid Collision

Russian Nuclear Missiles To Save Earth From Asteroid Collision
This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) produced a snapshot of the Earth’s clouds. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Flickr CC BY 2.0

Russia wants to take its space capabilities further as it is now reportedly working on advanced nuclear missiles to destroy meteorites and asteroids believed to be “dangerously hitting” Earth by 2036. According to the reports, Russian scientists are already working on its ballistic missiles to prevent meteorites from threatening the Earth. Does this suggest that Russia is already dominating space technology?


More than its concerns over ground territories, Russia has also been one of the countries working constantly on space technology. According to a report from TASS, Russia scientists are now working on a project to upgrade intercontinental ballistic missiles that can shoot down near-Earth meteorites 20-50 meters in size. Furthermore, leading researcher of the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau Sabit Saitgarayev said that the technology is in preparation of the asteroid Apophis that is expected to fly dangerously near Earth in 2036. “Most rockets work on boiling fuel. Their fueling begins 10 days before the launch and, therefore, they are unfit for destroying meteorites similar to the Chelyabinsk meteorite in diameter, which are detected several hours before coming close to the Earth. For this purpose, intercontinental ballistic missiles can be used, which requires their upgrade,” Saitgarayev told TASS.

According to The Daily Mail, the asteroid was discovered back in 2004. According to findings, it is the same size of three-and-a-half football fields. Initial calculations revealed that the asteroid will have a 2.7 percent chance of impact the Earth. Once the Russian scientists have upgraded the missiles, then they could be capable of destroying the asteroid. Saitgarayev added that several permissions and millions of dollars in funding are needed to accomplish the upgrade. The scientist, however, did not disclose whether those were addressed already.

NASA meanwhile had long dismissed the possibility of the Apophis colliding with Earth. “With the new data provided by the Magdalena Ridge [New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology] and the Pan-STARRS [Univ. of Hawaii] optical observatories, along with very recent data provided by the Goldstone Solar System Radar, we have effectively ruled out the possibility of an Earth impact by Apophis in 2036,” said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at JPL back in 2013.

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