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Scientists Impaled Space Junk With a Harpoon, Here’s Why That Matters

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“Space junk is the colloquial name for orbital bits that do nothing useful: spent rockets, fragments splayed by collisions and degradation, old satellites no one cares about anymore. In total, they amount to millions of pieces of debris, many of which are large enough to seriously ding satellites and the International Space Station.”

The quest to conquer Earth’s space junk problem
“Zombie satellites, rocket shards and collision debris are creating major traffic risks in orbits around the planet.”

A satellite with a harpoon, net and drag sail to capture space junk is in orbit and will be tested soon
"The purpose of the RemoveDebris spacecraft is to demonstrate the effectiveness of debris nets and harpoons at capturing and removing space debris from orbit."


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