Boris M. Shustov
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, directing the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
President of the National Committee for Astronomy in Russian Federation.
Born in the city of Sovetsk, Kirov region. in 1947. In 1964 he graduated from school No. 130 in Sverdlovsk and entered the Department of Astronomy and Geodesy of the Faculty of Physics of the Ural State University. After graduating from University in the period 1969-1971 studied at the postgraduate course of the Astronomical Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences (since 1990 — the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Since 1971, he worked there as the head of the software group, junior researcher, scientific secretary. From 1991 to 2003, he worked as Deputy Director for Research at the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2003 to the present, he has been working as the director of this Institute.
Boris Mikhailovich is a specialist in the field of astrophysics and extra-atmospheric astronomy, the author of more than 140 scientific papers, incl. two monographs. Shustov B.M. defended his Ph.D. thesis in 1979 and his doctoral thesis in 1991 in the specialty 01.03.02 (astrophysics, radio astronomy).
It is better not to worry…
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, directing the
The mission "Aida" is able to work with a small asteroid. But what to do with such as, for example, the 350-meter Apophis threatening the Earth in 2029? Some experts believe: in the case of catastrophic danger we still have to throw on this asteroid the atomic bomb. So, we need to prepare now for such an invasion…
Boris Shustov: Let's see. One can speak with absolute certainty that in 2029 Apophis does not threaten Earth at all. With regard to 2036, and in general the foreseeable future, the probability of collision with it is negligible. But you're right — it is almost impossible to deflect large asteroids using the strike. And against very large (larger than 1 km) even the bombs are powerless. But the probability of collision with such giants is so scanty that to worry about it — just nothing but to poison your life. We earthlings have a lot of very real much more serious problems to deal with them today.
Interception on orbit
(Российская газета, 2016-03-01)