Meteor fragments streaking the sky over Russia’s Chelyabinsk Region © Photo Ministry of Emergency Situations

Deputy Prime Minister Backs New Space Defense System

Topic: Hail of Meteorite Fragments Hits Russia
16:00 16/02/2013

MOSCOW, February 16 (RIA Novosti) – Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Saturday backed calls to establish a new system to identify and neutralize threats in space.

“Humankind must create a system to identify and neutralize objects that pose a danger to the Earth” he wrote on Twitter the day after a meteorite slammed into central Russia, injuring over 1,000 people and causing an estimated $ 33 million-worth of damage.

Speaking shortly after the meteorite hit, Rogozin said that on Monday he would present Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with proposals on how similar incidents should be dealt with in future.

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