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Preventing fatal asteroid collisions with Earth

 The EU invests €4 m to develop methods to avoid disasters such as the meteor's explosion over Russia


The scientific team of the NEOShield project, supported by €4 million of EU research funding, is working on various methods to prevent Near Earth Objects (NEOs), such as asteroids and comets, from colliding with the Earth.

Final results are expected in May 2015, but the project has already triggered the interest of the international press.

The research is carried out by European, Russian and American partners.

Project's website

Article by the Economist / 29 June 2013
Article by the Independent (UK) / 19 February 2013
Video by France TV Info / 14 February 2013
Video by TF1 (France) / 1 February 2012 
Article by Der Spiegel (Germany) / 26 January 2012
Article by BBC (United Kingdom) on 20 January 2012