Russia to use ballistic missiles to fight off asteroid threat

Russia is planning to use intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver destroyer spacecraft to celestial bodies that pose a threat to Earth, Deputy Chief

Designer of the Makeyev State Rocket Center Sergei Molchanov said during the annual Korolyov Readings forum currently under way in Moscow.

Russian scientists suggest using a device called Kapkan to solve the problem of destroying an asteroid or swaying it off to a safe distance from Earth, he said.

A special reconnaissance spacecraft may be used to study the structure and chemical composition of an asteroid.

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