Can a Harpoon and Net Solve the Space Junk Problem?

A video that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a space mission which will test technology which hopes to remove space junk.

Space has a junk problem. Roughly 100 million pieces of debris larger than a millimeter are orbiting the Earth -- ranging from defunct satellites to astronauts’ gloves. The junk poses a threat to working satellites which are used for things like navigation in cars and beaming television signals.

Now a mission led by the U.K.’s Surrey Space Centre and its partners aims to clean it up with a unique new method using a high-tech harpoon and net. In the video above, we visit the RemoveDebris mission for a behind-the-scenes look...

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