MOSCOW, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin Saturday proposed establishing a common defense system to counter space threats, one day after a meteorite explosion injured some 1,200 people in the Chelyabinsk region in Russia's Urals region.
"Humankind must create a system to identify and neutralize objects that pose a danger to the Earth," the official wrote on his Twitter account.
Rogozin said he would present Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Monday with proposals on how to tackle similar incidents in the future.
Local experts also advocated for the building of a common space threat monitoring and warning system.
Vitaly Davydov, deputy head of Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos, told local media that strategic planetary defense should be a "priority" for Russia. He called for a special federal program on neutralizing space threats.
The damage caused by the meteorite strike in the Urals region is estimated to exceed 1 billion rubles (about 30 million U.S. dollars), Governor Mikhail Yurevich told reporters, adding the number may increase.
According to NASA data, the diameter of "space comer" was about 15 meters and it came across the atmosphere at a speed of 64,000 km per hour. The energy shockwave was equal to about 300 kilotons of TNT.
Last October, Russian rocket and space corporation Energia vowed to build a space rocket capable of destroying asteroids threatening the Earth.
The largest-ever meteorite impact with the Earth in written history occurred in 1908 in Russia's Siberia over Tunguska River, when a forest area was flattened by a slightly smaller asteroid, which exploded about five miles above ground.
MOSCOW, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- About 1,200 people have been known injured and many buildings damaged since a meteor exploded on Friday morning, raining fireballs over Russia's central Urals region, the Interior Ministry said.
Most of the injured, among them 200 children, suffered cuts by broken glass from thousands of shattered windows during the very rare meteorite explosion, according to the ministry. Full story
BEIJING, Feb. 16(Xinhuanet) -- Hours after the huge meteor explosion over Ural Mountains on Friday, residents of the Russian city of Chelyabinsk had already begun to list meteorite pieces for sale on Avito.Ru, Russia's leading website for classified ads.
As many residents of the city were still nursing injuries from the unexpected blast, others were already trying to make a profit, advertising meteorite pieces for sale on auction sites. Full story
BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Videos have been captured the meteorite which streaked across the sky before exploding over Russia’s Ural Mountains.
The fireball, which Russian space agency Roscosmos says was travelling at a speed of 30 kilometers per second, blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail that could be seen as far as 200 kilometers away. Full story
CHELYABINSK, Russia, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Life in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region returns to normal after Friday's meteorite explosion as residents start to cover smashed windows with Cellophane sheets to keep warm.
Though about 1,200 people were injured and hundreds of buildings got damaged in the shockwave, Chelyabinsk, the capital city of the region, seems to get back to its normal rhythm on a peaceful Saturday. Full story