Toutatis is next due to cross the earth’s orbit in about 50 years, but smaller, more dangerous asteroids also pose a risk to the planet, scientists say. Any collision could be catastrophic. Photo: Handout

Avoiding Armageddon: Nuke could turn Toutatis to space dust before asteroid potentially makes a fireball of earth, say Chinese scientists

Team believes 5km-wide asteroid has loose, rubble-like structure that could be effectively disintegrated by a warhead, but fragments may still penetrate atmosphere to wreak havoc

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Toutatis is next due to cross the earth’s orbit in about 50 years, but smaller, more dangerous asteroids also pose a risk to the planet, scientists say. Any collision could be catastrophic. Photo: Handout
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