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The US developing asteroids as a strike weapon, says expert; check out this 'celestial weapon'

As per a Russian expert, the US may be planning to use asteroids to strike Russia. Expert calls it 'celestial weapon'.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Jul 05 2023, 09:38 IST
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An asteroid strike against Russia? That is what this expert is suggesting as US has done a lot of research on it including NASA's DART!
1/5 Asteroid 2023 MU2- The asteroid will make closest to the earth on 25th June, According to NASA, the asteroid is 16 feet wide. The asteroid is moving at a speed of 16266 kilometers per hour and it will get as close as 135,000 miles to Earth. (NASA)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 MF1- This is a 120 feet wide asteroid, it will make its closest approach to Earth on 25th June. The asteroid is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 63986 kilometers per hour and will pass the Earth at a distance of 1,200,000 miles. (NASA)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 MD- This asteroid is 90 Feet wide and it will be the closest to the Earth on 25th June. It is traveling towards the Earth at a speed of 14825 kilometers per hour. It will come as close as 1,660,000 miles. (NASA)
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4/5 Asteroid 2023 ME1-  The close approach of Asteroid 2023 ME1, a celestial body comparable in size to an airplane that is 88 feet wide, is set to occur on June 26. Racing towards Earth at an impressive velocity of 43685 kilometers per hour, this asteroid will narrowly miss our planet, passing by at a distance of 3.03 million miles. (NASA)
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5/5 Asteroid 2023 MS2- On June 27th, the asteroid will come closest to Earth, as stated by NASA. Its width is reported to be 120 feet, and it is currently moving at a speed of 39770 kilometers per hour and will pass the Earth at a distance of 2,360,000 miles. (NASA)
An asteroid strike against Russia? That is what this expert is suggesting as US has done a lot of research on it including NASA's DART!
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An asteroid strike against Russia? That is what this expert is suggesting as US has done a lot of research on it including NASA's DART!

Asteroids have fascinated humankind ever since they were first noticed. Thereafter, asteroid tales of destruction and the killing off of the dinosaurs, added a terrifying link too. Now, a Russian expert says that the US might be planning a celestial attack on Russia by using an asteroid as a weapon. On International Asteroid Day, Anatoly Zaitsev, honorary member of the Tsiolkovsky Cosmonautics Academy, and CEO of the Planetary Protection Center non-profit partnership in an interview stated that “The United States and other countries may be developing and testing asteroid weapons under the guise of creating planetary protection systems” He was speaking to news agency TASS.

A test of kinetic, laser, and even asteroid weapons under the guise of protecting the planet from dangerous celestial bodies, he averred.

He added, “These weapons can, for example, become a component of the space forces set up by the United States with the aim of its dominance in outer space."

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He further mentioned two ways of developing asteroids as a weapon

The first method is to detect an asteroid and use it, but the expert dismissed this possibility as out of the thousands of asteroids approaching Earth, only about 0.1% of them are detected each year on time.

The second method involves changing and modifying the route of the asteroid in such a way that it collides with Russia!

Notably, NASA has successfully performed a mission to modify the asteroid route with its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). In October 2022 it altered the trajectory of the target asteroid, Dimorphos.

US space agency NASA says such missions were done to test and develop methods and ways to control the trajectories of these celestial bodies as a protection mechanism for the Earth.

Notably, Zaitsev also added that Russia is looking to safeguard itself and is building protection methods on its own without approaching anyone. This will not only strengthen Russia's defense potential, it will go a long way to safeguard the Earth from any threats posed by wandering asteroids.

Is weaponizing asteroid possible?

Meanwhile, EurAsian Times took insights from a former scientist at ISRO, India's premier space organization. On weaponizing asteroids, the scientist dismissed the idea of the Weaponization Of Asteroids as “purely science fiction,”

The scientist also said that countries like China and Russia have their own methods and tactic to alter the trajectory of asteroids.

As per EurAsian Times, it is possible to achieve this by using a "mass driver," which is an electromagnetic accelerator that uses linear motors to propel objects through space without the use of rockets.

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First Published Date: 05 Jul, 09:38 IST
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