Russian 'Space Troops' Not Ready For Alien Attacks
Russia's Aerospace Defense Troops are responsible for running the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center near Moscow and have been dubbed by many as the country's 'Space Troops', but does that mean they are our best chance of repelling an attack from beyond our planet? Sergey Berezhnoy is the Deputy Chief at the center and when asked at a press conference about the possibility of an alien attack he simply replied "So far we are not capable of that. We are unfortunately not able to fight extraterrestrial civilizations".
Berezhnoy does accurately point out that these so-called 'Space Troops' do have rather a lot on their plate here on Earth, so the idea of tackling a threat from space is understandably a bit of a stretch. However, if we want to engage in a little science fiction then, a dedicated force such as Russia's Aerospace Defense Troops could be our best chance of an early detection and retaliation against any extraterrestrial threat. According to Russia Today these troops control around 80% of Russia's vast fleet of satellite and plays a big part in ballistic missile operations.
Are the Russians just keeping their cards close to their chest? Is this something we need to start taking seriously? Are we just being paranoid and asking too many questions? Probably...
Either way, let's hope they are at least keeping one eye on the skies, because as we found out the other day, NASA's early warning system for potentially hazardous asteroids is currently lying dormant thanks to the Government Shutdown.