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Russia’s secret plan: it is waiting to explode a bomb into space!

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:12 GMT, Jan 19, 2016 |
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The European Commission funded Russian scientists to develop plans to save the world from rogue asteroids by blowing them up with nuclear weapons.

Scientists from the Russia’s top space research institute teamed up with missile and rocket engineers to look at ways of sending a warhead into space under a European Commission funded program called NEOShield.

“Work was distributed among various participants from different countries and organisations, and work on deflecting dangerous space objects with nuclear explosions was conducted by Russia” between 2012 and 2015, the Central Scientific Research Institute of Machine Building, part of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said in a press release on Saturday.

Scientists concluded that the safest method would be to carry out the detonation while the asteroid was still in deep space, and the aim would be to alter the object’s course and direct it away from the Earth, rather than to destroy it.

The idea is that a nuclear explosion close to a comet or asteroid would burn up some of the object’s mass, in turn producing a jet-thrust effect which would change its orbit.

The Earth has suffered multiple large asteroid impacts in its history, including a six-mile wide object believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs  when it crashed into what is now Mexico.

In a statement outlining new goals for the Russian space program up to 2025, the Institute said it would develop special software to track asteroids approaching the planet.

The “space barrier” project would use four observation satellites – two in geostationary orbit around the earth and two following the Earth’s obit around the sun – to scan space for any sizeable asteroid that could present a threat to the planet.