Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Even though our shuttles are no longer heading to space, there is still a ton of junk up there, and Swiss engineers would like to clean it up. NASA says more than half a million pieces of debris are circling the planet, including old satellites. Swiss engineers are developing a small satellite called CleanSpace One to do the job. It would grab space junk and pull it back towards earth, where both would burn up during re-entry.
PBS NewsHour Extra for Teachers: Swiss Create ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Clean Up Space Junk (pictures, video, links and activities)
Cleaning up Earth's orbit: A Swiss satellite tackles space debris
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Tree Hugger: Self-Destructing Janitor Satellite to Clean Up Space
Space.com: The Expanding Danger of Space Junk (video)
Science, math. Classroom lessons and activities for grades four to twelve about space junk, meteoroids and comets, and the CleanSpace One satellite.
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