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Russia is developing an unmanned spacecraft designed to explore the asteroid Apophis that, astronomers worry, may several times come dangerously close to the Earth in 2029-2036.
The spacecraft is being built at the Lavochkin plant, Russian academic Lev Zeleny told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.
If the "space wanderer" hits the Earth, the explosion will be a few times more powerful than that caused by Tunguska blast that shook Siberia in 1908.

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7 February 2001: PLANETARY DEFENCE SPECIAL

"If a km-sized NEO is a "rubble pile," it is not impossible to change its orbit by explosive mitigation systems: many low energetic explosions could be used instead of one big explosion, e.g. dividing a 20 Mt impulse into 20 impulses of 1 Mt each. This has to be analysed separately and also applies for impactors. NEO mining is the next logical step in space exploration which should be prepared using the experience from Planetary Defence studies and tests (and hopefully not from an emergency mission)" --Christian Gritzner, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 6 February 2001

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The head of Russia's space agency has called for a massive planetary effort to deflect a massive asteroid as it skips by Earth in 2029.

"People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would allow us to prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people" - Anatoly Perminov.

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Roskosmos plans to save the Earth from collisions with asteroids

Roskosmos examines a plan to prevent collision with asteroid Apophis.
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Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth, the head of the country's space agency said Wednesday.
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