Moscow State University intends to launch a satellite into orbit in December, Rector Viktor Sadovnichiy told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Thursday. The satellite has been dubbed 'the Lomonosov,' named after the Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov, who founded Moscow State University in 1755. According to Sadovnichiy the weight of the satellite amounts to 600 kilograms (1323 lbs) and it "contains a lot of equipment made at Moscow State University." The aim of the Lomonosov is to study light phenomena in the upper layers of the atmosphere and the characteristics of the Earth's magnetosphere. It should also carry out experiments on the potential threat of asteroids, detect space debris and approaching comets.
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