An international detection mechanism for near-earth objects


sufficient to destroy an object similar to the Tunguska meteor." According to the scientist, Russia is one of the few nations



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sufficient to destroy an object similar to the Tunguska meteor."
According to the scientist, Russia is one of the few nations that has both the scientific potential and practical instruments to carry out a project of this kind.
"[In order to run this project], one should have detailed understanding of what a nuclear bomb is and of processes that occur during the blast. United States, China, France, the United Kingdom, possibly, India and Israel have the knowledge. But this is not enough. Those with the knowledge of calculation and technologies are also needed. Besides, one should also master the technology of powerful pulsed lasers. Only Russia’s VNIIEF and US Livermore meet those requirements. Others have either no interest or no technology," Rogachev said.
He said that after scientists shared their experience in a scientific magazine, researchers from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea and other nations have demonstrated their interest in the problem.
In less than a century, Russia has witnessed two major meteorite events with great destructive potential.
On June 30, 1908, a powerful explosion ripped through a remote Siberian forest near the Podkamennaya Tunguska river. The blast of up to 50 megatons, which occurred at the height of about 7-10 kilometers, knocked down trees at the area of about 2,000 square km. The broad consensus remains that it was caused by a large cosmic body, like an asteroid or a comet. However, no impact crater or any meteoric remnants were ever found, and the exact cause of the Tunguska Event still remains unclear.
The Chelyabinsk meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere on February 15, 2013 at about 07:10 Moscow time, causing a powerful explosion in the atmosphere at an altitude of 23 kilometers. The blast was observed by hundreds of thousands of people in the Urals and north Kazakhstan. It smashed windows in several hundred thousand residential buildings in Chelyabinsk and its outskirts, but caused no major damage or injuries on the ground.
Large fragments of the celestial body were later recovered from the shores and bottom of Lake Chebarkul, 78 kilometers west of Chelyabinsk.

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