The ESA is spending $100 million to clean up one piece of space junk



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space junk cleanup

  • The European Space Agency is paying the equivalent of over $100 million to remove a single piece of manmade space junk from Earth orbit.
  • The ClearSpace-1 mission will launch in 2025 and attempt to bring down a rocket payload adapter.
  • The mission will be critical in demonstrating how future cleanup efforts may be possible.

We all love seeing rockets launch, carrying scientific equipment and sometimes human beings into space. It’s cool, and it’s proof that when humans put their minds to something they can accomplish great things. Unfortunately, launching things into space leaves a lot of trash behind, often floating in orbit around Earth for months or, in some cases, many years.

Space junk is a huge problem that is growing bigger by the day. Discarded rocket components, bits and pieces of old, defunct satellites, and even abandoned space stations (looking at you,

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Opinion: Nuclear technology will be a key piece of Canada’s energy future

General view of the Pickering Nuclear Power Generating Station, April 17, 2019.

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John Gorman is the president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Undisputedly, nuclear must be in the energy mix for Canada to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan recently said as much when he stated that the federal government has “not seen a credible model where we can get to net-zero emissions by 2050 without nuclear.”

It’s about time. Nuclear power is a clean energy. It does not emit carbon or pollutants that harm human health and the environment, and it’s the only energy source that delivers carbon-free, reliable heat and electricity around the clock. As a result, new nuclear – specifically, small modular reactors (SMRs) – are uniquely positioned to decarbonize our extraction industries, provide heat and power to First Nations communities, and work in tandem with

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Amazon to restore small Elephant Car Wash sign and display piece of Seattle history on its campus

The Elephant Car Wash in the Denny Triangle, on the edge of Amazon’s campus in Seattle, closed after 64 years of operation. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

The Elephant Car Wash is disappearing from its iconic perch just blocks from Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, but a piece of the historic business will live on inside one of the tech giant’s buildings.

Amazon confirmed Wednesday that it has been gifted the smaller of two pink elephant signs from the Denny Triangle location where the car wash has operated for 64 years. The Seattle Times reported that Amazon asked owner Bob Haney for the sign and he gave it to them.

A spokesperson for Amazon told GeekWire that it will invest in restoring the sign to its original condition and then find a place to display it somewhere on its campus. The spokesperson did not know what building the sign could end

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