European Space Agency in Germany to track down space junk


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Have you ever wondered what happens to all the debris floating in space? Well, now the European Space Agency in Germany is looking at ways to track down the small objects that could damage important satellites.

Experts have estimated that about 27-thousand objects measuring 10 centimeters or more are flying through orbit at 80 times the speed of a passenger jet. Each one of those could destroy a satellite. But the price tag for collecting the space junk will be costly, whatever system is used. However, more elaborate proposals could also work. These include a satellite firing electrically charged atoms or ions at an object to gradually slow it down and thereby drag it back to Earth. Whatever technology they're going to use for cleaning up space, needs to start soon. And that's because the amount of junk spinning uncontrollably through orbit is growing.