Meteor explodes over Russia's Ural Mountains; 1,100 injured as shock wave blasts out windows

  • Article by: JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 6:35 PM
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reetnhFeb. 15, 13 8:39 AM

Curious if this is a fragment of the bigger one heading by earth this afternoon.

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chop1234Feb. 15, 13 9:06 AM

It was just a week or so ago the StarTrib opinion section had a piece on NEO's. This event certainly shows how important it is to have a discussion on devoting rescources to tracking and eventually deflecting these types of objects. I'm guessing after this most all the folks in Russia's Chelyabinsk area would be for spending some money in this regard.

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kleindropperFeb. 15, 13 9:56 AM

They said this one came from a different direction and is unrelated to this afternoon's close call.

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obstakesFeb. 15, 1310:38 AM

It is inevitible. One day...

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instig8orFeb. 15, 1310:43 AM

The goverment tells us not to worry, this has nothing to do with Asteroid 2012 DA14 that is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid to the Earth in the next day or so. I wasn't worried until the goverment told us not to worry.

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noogledudesFeb. 15, 1311:12 AM

Will all the $$Billions spent on skywatching how it is that this one remained undetected unit it exploded? And why is there only ameature vido of this event? Not big enough event to put a fighter jet with a camera on it's tail?

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spudformer1Feb. 15, 1311:53 AM

Just a little testing of the Star Wars system. P-utin must of made a wise crack.

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azfullcircleFeb. 15, 1312:34 PM

2 notible, threatning yet unrelated asteroids a day apart. yes its time we make a colabritive world agency that works together to study and potentialy intercept these threats.

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phunkhatFeb. 15, 1312:42 PM

Meteors hate Russia, it's that simple. Probably saw the Rocky movies.

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jee7654Feb. 15, 13 1:04 PM

The budget for NASA'S Near Earth Orbit program is about $20M per year. It was less than $6M per year before 2012. Billions have not been spent. The goal is to identify everything that is 140 meters and larger in size and to develop the capability to detect smaller objects.Today's meteor is estimated to be about 15 meters. Given how fast it was traveling relative to the earth (18 km per second), it will be interesting to learn where it came from. It may not have passed by us very often.

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