Taking Out The Space Trash [world Service]

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20180327

How do you clean up the rubbish that orbits the Earth?

An innovative new weekly programme looking at how we can solve the world's problems.

Space is littered with junk – some pieces as small as a fleck of paint, and some as large as a London bus. So much of it is orbiting the Earth, in fact, that it poses a danger to future missions. But how can space be cleaned up? One way could be to catch the junk in a net, or to use a harpoon to grab it. A team in Surrey, in the UK, are launching a special spacecraft to find all of this out.

Reporter: Nick Holland
Presenter: Dougal Shaw

Image: Stock illustration of space debris
Credit: Getty Images

20180327

How do you clean up the rubbish that orbits the Earth?

An innovative new weekly programme looking at how we can solve the world's problems.

Space is littered with junk – some pieces as small as a fleck of paint, and some as large as a London bus. So much of it is orbiting the Earth, in fact, that it poses a danger to future missions. But how can space be cleaned up? One way could be to catch the junk in a net, or to use a harpoon to grab it. A team in Surrey, in the UK, are launching a special spacecraft to find all of this out.

Reporter: Nick Holland
Presenter: Dougal Shaw

Image: Stock illustration of space debris
Credit: Getty Images