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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Russian Satellite Network could Save the Earth from Asteroid Collisions

Satellite network meant to save the planet could cost the earth

Russian astronomers have developed an innovative satellite network that would alert people when any space objects are on a collision course with the Earth. Some argue the system isn't effective and is too expensive.

A large asteroid hitting the Earth could mean the worst natural disaster in millions of years – and threaten most forms of life.  A giant tsunami wave will rise, submerging coastal cities.

 If a meteor hits land, a massive dust cloud will rise, and cause severe climate change,"Director of the Space Systems Research Centre, Valery Menshikov explains. As a leading space engineer, Menshikov believes we have to do anything it takes to make sure this never happens. His team has developed IGMASS, a groundbreaking network of satellites and telescopes on different continents. The system would give advance warning of anything from space on course for a collision, meaning that action could be taken to save the Earth.

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