The LaRouche Plan
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Vladimir Kozin, a member of an interagency working group attached to the Russian presidential administration and a researcher at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, wrote a hard-hitting article for the Moscow Times warning that the U.S.
A joint mission between Europe and the U.S. is being developed to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid in 2022, in an attempt to prove that incoming objects from space can be knocked off course and stopped from colliding with Earth,rt.com and others report.
The Nezavasimaya Gazeta website on Feb. 19 polemicized against a stream of unscientific views of the Chelyabinsk meteor strike and shock wave, and against unfounded attacks on political leaders, pointing to the proposals made by then Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin for the International Global Monitoring Aero-Space System IGMASS (MAKSM in Russian) at the end of 2011:
The Newsweek-linked Daily Beast webzine staff ran a legitimate overview of the asteroid threat Feb. 22. They emphasized the lack of preparedness and lack of even a basic observation system for detecting these objects. They included a few paragraphs that are a sobering description of what the impact of a "city-killing" or a "nation-killing" asteroid would be like.
Since the Russian meteorite hit, questions of geo-space history are now getting popular attention, as part of the upsurge of alarm and excitement over the threat of objects striking Earth.
As has happened to many spacecraft outside the protective radiation shield of the Earth, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab reported yesterday that Mars rover Curiosity's main "A" computer was corrupted, getting stuck in an endless loop, most likely due to a high-energy solar or cosmic ray strike. The main computer had to be turned off, and the rover switched over to its back-up "B" computer.
Concluding 12 days of discussions in Vienna about space issues, the UN Organization for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) resolved yesterday to work out a "road map" for research and development of technologies to detect dangerous asteroids in time to be able to avert damage for mankind.
A PDF, with supporting material for this statement, can be found here.
The Russian daily Izvestiya reported Feb. 21 that Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry, space, and nuclear power, has written to Prime Minister Medvedev proposing that Russia join with other countries, especially the United States, in behalf of the Strategic Defense of Earth (SDE). It was Rogozin who first publicly proposed the SDE in 2011.