China to test doomsday averting asteroid deflection tech on huge rock near Earth

China has revealed it will be attempting to test its combined asteroid deflection technology on a harmless asteroid as soon as 2026.

The doomsday averting technology could may well prove to be the saving of mankind should successful as it would reduce the likelihood of catastrophic earth impacts from rogue rocks.

According to Space News, Chinese scientists have targeted harmless asteroid ‘202 PN1’ for their experiment which will launch in 2026.

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The astronauts will use a Long March 3B rocket which will include a separate impactor and orbiter.

This impactor will detonate close to ‘202 PNI’ while the separate orbiter will make observations.

If successful, it’s thought the space rock’s course will be dramatically altered proving the theory of asteroid deflection.

The mission is similar to September’s NASA DART mission which is set to impact with the Dimorphos moon which is orbiting an asteroid near Earth.

The news comes days after the endless depths of space were tantalisingly exposed by new pictures from the James Webb Space Telescope.

Launched in December 2021, the craft has the capacity to send back images of space like we've never seen before.

The first image has now been sent back to NASA – and it's incredible.

Although it only shows one tiny part of space, it is claimed that the images show light older than 13 billion years.

  • James Webb telescope reveals sharpest-ever image of 13 billion-year-old ancient galaxies

The image was taken over 12.5 hours and highlights a galaxy cluster known as SMACS 0723, which is thought to be around 4.6 billion years old.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson was on hand to provide the experts take on the images.

“100 years ago, we thought there was only one galaxy,” he explained.

“Now, the number is unlimited, and in our galaxy, we have billions of stars, or suns.

“And there are billions of galaxies with billions of stars and suns – and we’re getting our first glimpse. We’re looking back more than 13 billion years."

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