Photo by: Yekaterina Pustynnikova
A meteorite contrail is seen over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky of above the Ural Mountains, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring hundreds of people, including many hurt by broken glass. (Associated Press)
Russia will complete a plan for a program to protect the planet against threats from space by the end of this year, said Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Moscow’s space agency, Roscosmos.
The agency has “formed an interdepartmental working party together with the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Academy of Sciences to elaborate proposals with regard to [a] unified system [for] prevention and deterrence of threats coming from the outer space,” Mr. Popovkin told a parliamentary round table Tuesday, according to the Russian Interfax news agency.
The three agencies, along with the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry, were planning to create a center to coordinate efforts and combine resources.
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