- 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,