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Space debris: catch it if we can

Some of them are as large as cars or even buses, they tumble uncontrollably, and they move faster than a speeding bullet, so how do you catch one? “They” are space debris, and you have to remove...

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Thomas Pesquet features in space debris video

On Friday 13 January 2017, Thomas Pesquet – the French astronaut currently flying over our heads in the International Space Station – performed a successful spacewalk. If you followed the resulting comments and questions on social media,...

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eDeorbit: ESA’s active debris removal mission

ESA's Clean Space initiative is studying an active debris removal mission called e.Deorbit, which will target an ESA-owned derelict satellite in low orbit, capture it, then safely burn it up in a controlled atmospheric reentry. e.Deorbit will...

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e.Deorbit | Want to snag a satellite? Try a fishing net...

One of the promising capture methods currently being studied by ESA is the use of nets to capture non-cooperative space debris. This technology is also being explored for use in other domains. Recently experts from Michigan Technological...

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Debris | The space debris story

All you ever wanted to know about space debris The story of space debris highlights the unintended consequences of intense spaceflight activity during the past 60 years. Space activities lead to a growing population of debris objects...

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Clean Space | The Debris Menace

A short time ago, in a galaxy close by - right here and now, in fact, ESA's Clean Space team are fighting back valiantly against a menace threatening to take over space...

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Clean Space | ESA presents Clean Space

Clean Space is the European Space Agency’s initiative to safeguard the terrestrial and orbital environments, while boosting the innovation and competitiveness of Europe’s space sector. This animated guide follows a newly-launched satellite as it first enters orbit,...