MOSCOW, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces will take measures to protect the country from the potential threat of meteorites and other space objects, a Russian general said Wednesday.
The Aerospace Defense Forces have received an order to handle this issue and come up with a plan to protect Russia from these space travelers, commander of the Western military district's aviation General Igor Makushev told reporters in the central Russian city of Voronezh.
Makushev visited Voronezh with an unanticipated inspection of one of the air bases located in the region, according to Russia media reports.
He made this statement following a scientific conference in Moscow which discussed Friday's meteorite attack in several cities in the Ural Mountains. About 1,200 people were injured by the meteorite's blast wave and shattered glasses.
On Monday, Lidia Rykhlova, a space scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said about 2 billion U.S. dollars would be needed to built a working anti-meteorite shield.
She said the draft federal program of creating an anti-meteor shield has been approved by Russian space agency Roscosmos and submitted to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
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. Full story
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