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Russians Think US Is Weaponizing Asteroids

This summer, honorary member of the Tsiolkovsky Cosmonautics Academy, CEO of the Planetary Protection Center non-profit partnership Anatoly Zaitsev told TASS:

"It is necessary to point out that an opportunity emerges to test kinetic, laser and even asteroid weapons under the guise of creating tools of protection from dangerous celestial bodies. These weapons can, for example, become a component of the space forces set up by the United States with the aim of its dominance in outer space," the expert said on the occasion of International Asteroid Day annually celebrated on June 30.

There are two methods to use asteroids as weapons, he pointed out.

The first method is to conceal information on a dangerous celestial body and the second option is to deliberately alter the asteroid flight path to make it crash onto Russian territory, the expert explained.

"The first option is potentially plausible, even if hardly probable because we detect less than 0.1% of about 2,500 Earth-approaching asteroids annually discovered in the world. The second scenario is real because over 30 years the United States and other countries have organized 12 expeditions to 14 asteroids and six comets, in which the methods and means of controlling their flight paths were tested," he said.

As far as I know, the first suggestion of using a celestial body as a weapon came in Buck Rogers, 2430 A.D., a comic from 1929-1931, created by Philip Nowlan and D. Calkins.

BY PUSHING AGAINST THE LITTLE MARTIAN MOON WITH OUR ROCKET SHIP, WE HAD LESSENED THE CENTRIFUGAL SPEED THAT HELD IT BALANCED IN THE SKY. IT WAS FALLING AS IT CIRCLED THE RED PLANET. FASTER AND FASTER IT SPIRALLED DOWN, UNTIL AT LAST BOB BYRON SNAPPED OUT AN ORDER.


(Buck Rogers: the rocket ship gets in position)


(Buck Rogers: the rocket ship pushes a moon)


(Buck Rogers: the moon spirals in)


(The moon becomes incandescent as it hits Mars' atmosphere)


(Then, with a crash that shook the entire planet, it struck!)

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