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China readies for a ‘rather nice’ war that could be crucial to our planet

Experts say they could deflect an asteroid from its path by 1,4 times Earth’s radius if rockets hit it together

Ryan Woo

Chinese researchers want to send more than 20 of China’s largest rockets to practise turning away a sizeable asteroid, a technique that may eventually be crucial if a killer rock is on a collision course with Earth.

The idea is more than science fiction. Sometime between late 2021 to early 2022 the US will launch a robotic spacecraft to intercept two asteroids relatively close to Earth.

When it arrives a year later, the Nasa spacecraft will crash-land on the smaller of the two rocky bodies to see how much the asteroid’s trajectory changes. It will be humanity’s first try at changing the course of a celestial body...

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