March 12, 2013 13:04
Megaton bomb may destroy large asteroid - Rosatom
MOSCOW. March 12 (Interfax-AVN) - Humanity will have no more than a year to prevent a close encounter with a dangerous asteroid, deputy director of the Rosatom department for the development and testing of nuclear munitions and military power plants Oleg Shubin said at a Federation Council roundtable dedicated to planetary defense from space risks and threats.
"It will take a nuclear device much bigger than one megaton to intercept an asteroid of more than one kilometer in diameter. This scientific and technological task has a solution in principle," he said.
Up to 50% of dangerous asteroids cannot be traced in advance, he said.
"Humanity will have extremely limited time to prevent the collision, about one year, including time for launching an interceptor rocket," Shubin said.
In his words, the probability of collision with an asteroid is rather small but it may still happen any moment. "There will be no other danger in the foreseeable future that may lead to at least degradation of the civilization," Shubin said.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
September 03, 2014
Russia political and economic calendar: September 3
September 02, 2014
Police official detained in St. Pete on suspicion of storing 36 kilos of heroin
Criminal investigations department chief in Tver region suspected of patronizing illegal gaming establishments
Russian telecommunications watchdog says it did not receive LDPR request on blocking Khodorkovsky's website
Ukrainian prosecutors probing several cases related to fighting near Ilovaisk
Georgia stepping up procedures to formally declare ex-President Saakashvili internationally wanted
Russia wants PACE to address MH17 crash probe - Duma speaker
Duma considers exempting foreign artists from Russian work permit
Georgian police hold yacht carrying Saakashvili for several hours, then free it - diplomat
Pushkov, Slutsky, PACE officials to discuss monitoring procedures in Vienna next month - Naryshkin (Part 2)
Pushkov, Slutsky, PACE officials to discuss monitoring procedures in Vienna next month - Naryshkin
NATO declines comment on Australian foreign minister's proposal on blocking Putin's participation in G20 summit
Xenophobic attacks kill 13 in Russia in 2014 - human rights group