British plan to tackle asteroids

A team of British scientists and engineers is developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from hitting the Earth.
The 10-tonne "gravity tractor" would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen.
The device, which would rely on the force of gravity, is being developed by Stevenage space company EADS Astrium.
However, the idea is still in its early stages and the company says a prototype is some way off from being built.

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