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5 Strange Ways to Clean Up Our Space Junk - The Countdown #42

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Published on Feb 20, 2014

According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris are tracked as they orbit the earth. Individual pieces can travel at speeds of up to 28,000 kilometers per hour, creating a potentially dangerous situation for both satellites and astronauts alike. In this episode of The Coundown, we look at some of the strangest proposals to combat the ever-growing cloud of space junk. One of them, an electrified tether created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, will launch on February 28th, 2014.

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More to explore:

Japan to Test Space Junk Cleanup Tether Soon: Report (Space.com)
http://www.space.com/24325-japan-spac...


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Credits:

Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick
Production Assistants: Kathryn Free & William Herkewitz
Producer/Editor: Eric R. Olson

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