China plans to target a threatening near-Earth asteroid and send it into another orbit. Photo: Shutterstock
China plans to target a threatening near-Earth asteroid and send it into another orbit. Photo: Shutterstock

China’s next space goal: to target a dangerous asteroid and nudge it off course

  • Space official says scientists will look at near-Earth asteroids over the next few years and aim for the most threatening
  • The fourth phase of the lunar exploration programme also gets under way this year, with plans for a station on the moon

China plans to target a threatening near-Earth asteroid and send it into another orbit. Photo: Shutterstock
China plans to target a threatening near-Earth asteroid and send it into another orbit. Photo: Shutterstock
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