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5 Strange Ways to Clean Up Our Space Junk – The Countdown, Episode 42

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According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris are tracked as they orbit 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 Countdown, 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.

Video credits:

Host/writer: Sophie Bushwick

Production Assistants: Kathryn Free & William Herkewitz

Producer/Editor: Eric R. Olson

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