China plans to bring an asteroid down to Earth

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A group of Chinese scientists are planning to capture a small asteroid near Earth to study it for its resources.

So far, the scientists have targeted an asteroid which is 6.4 meters in diameter and weighs several hundred tons, reports Xinhua.

Li Ming Tao, a researcher involved with the project, said they aim to "turn asteroids with a potential threat to Earth into usable resources."

The Chinese scientists plan to send a spacecraft with a huge bag which would wrap around a small asteroid and push it to Earth.

The spacecraft would then unfold a heat shield which would "reduce the velocity of the asteroid" from 12.5 kilometers per second to 140 meters per second when it enters Earth's atmosphere.

The scientists plan to study the asteroid and may choose to mine it for its resources.

The asteroids may contain traces of history about the origins of the solar system and the origin of water and life on our planet, Xinhua reports.

The team plans to launch the asteroid catcher by 2029 and bring back an asteroid by 2034.

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1. Showing the asteroid the scientists want to capture in space along with its dimensions.
2. Showing how the aircraft will catch the asteroid with a bag.
3. Showing how the scientists plan to shield the asteroid as it enters Earth's atmosphere.
4. Showing what the scientists plan to do with the asteroid in Earth.

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Xinhua reports a group of Chinese scientists are planning to capture a small asteroid near Earth to study it for its resources. So far, the scientists have targeted an asteroid which is 6.4 meters in diameter and weighs several hundred tons."

"The Chinese scientists plan to send a spacecraft with a huge bag which would wrap around a small asteroid and push it to Earth."

"The spacecraft would then unfold a heat shield which would 'reduce the velocity of the asteroid' from 12.5 km per second to 140 meter per second when it enters Earth's atmosphere."

"The scientists plan to study the asteroid and may choose to mine it for its resources."

SOURCES: Outer Places, Extreme Tech, Tech Times, Business Recorder, Xinhua
https://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/18727-china-lasso-asteroid-mining
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/274388-chinese-scientists-want-to-capture-a-small-asteroid-and-land-it-on-earth
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/232692/20180726/china-plans-to-capture-an-asteroid-and-bring-it-down-to-earth.htm
https://www.brecorder.com/2018/07/27/430720/china-plans-to-catch-asteroids-and-bring-them-down-to-earth/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/23/c_137342866.htm