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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.
Friday's spectacular events—the meteorite shock wave in Chelyabinsk, Siberia predominantly, because of its direct effect on human beings, and the flyby of asteroid 2012 D14—have triggered a stream of articles in the German and European media, who fall over themselves to report on the European Space Agency's NEOShield (Near Earth Objects) program, launched a year ago.
Ben Deniston of the LaRouche PAC science team draws the lessons of today's near-Earth flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14, in a 25-minute LPAC-TV video posted yesterday ("SDE Update: Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby," http://larouchepac.com/node/25496).
For the first time, scientists will soon be able to analyze subsurface material on Mars.
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.
Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Donna Edwards (D-MD) published an op-ed in today's Washington Post, calling for increased funding for Near Earth Object (NEO) detection. Holt is a physicist and former assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Edwards is the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee on space.
In response to a meteorite explosion over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk, which shook the region and injured over 1,100 people, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin reiterated his 2011 call for U.S.-Russian collaboration for a Strategic Defense of Earth.
A 45-meter-diameter asteroid is about to fly extremely close to the Earth, NASA has reported, although they are confident that there will be no impact. The fly-by will be at about 17,000 miles, which is between the geosynchronous orbits and the low-Earth orbits of satellites.
Ben Deniston of LaRouche's scientific research team (Basement) commented: