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February 16, 2013

International Anti-Asteroid System

"Russia's deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin has called for leading powers to work together to develop a system to intercept objects falling from space, after a meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains injured about 1,000 on the ground below."

"Neither we nor the Americans have such technologies," Rogozin told Interfax news agency.

Sobering: "So how close did the city of Chelyabinsk come to doom?"

Consider this: a ten-meter stony asteroid exploding at the altitude of the Tunguska visitor would pack the same punch as the Fat Man bomb. This rock was much bigger, with a mass of 7000 tons. Had the explosion occurred a fraction of a second later in the meteor's descent, over a populated area like Chelyabinsk, most if not all of the dash cam owners who uploaded to youtube would have been fried, along with much of the town.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 16, 2013 07:27 AM