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Russian astronomers have developed an innovative satellite network that would alert people when any space objects are on a collision course with the Earth. Some argue the system isn’t effective and is too expensive.
His team has developed IGMASS, a groundbreaking network of satellites and telescopes on different continents. The system would give advance warning of anything from space on course for a collision, meaning that action could be taken to save the Earth.
However, the proposed plan for a worldwide monitoring system has not been received enthusiastically. Critics say the price-tag for IGMASS could hit a meteoric $300 billion – and claim it will be a waste of money.
So as scientists say there is only a miniscule chance of a large asteroid hitting the Earth in the near future, it would appear that pumping billions of dollars into combating the problem is simply not worth it.