Russian Scientists Plans To Aim ICBMs At Asteroid Apophis

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The Russia New Agency reported in February that it plans to aim their intercontinental Ballistic missiles at near earth objects. According to news agency TASS in Russia scientists are planning to test their missiles on Asteroid Apophis 99942 which they continue to believe will be dangerously close to Earth in the year 2036. NASA does continue to rule out any possible impact.

Russian Scientist Saitgarayev says that, “ 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 also says that it will require millions of dollars and the need of permission from those authorities to even begin modifying the solid fueled ICBMs. The work has begun, but it is still unclear that the project will ever come into fruition.

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