The European Space Agency announces 2021 plans to clear up Earth’s cluttered orbit using high-tech space-nets
"Netting a derelict satellite" image via ESA
Space, as it turns out, is not always the vast, expansive void we’re often lead to believe it is. Rather, space is full of junk–our junk, in fact–just floating around, and cluttering everything up. Dead satellites, spent booster rockets, and abandoned equipment encircle our planet by the thousands, slowly creating a tangled maze of metal through which their active-use, functional counterparts must navigate. As this image from NASA’s “Orbital Debris Program Office” shows, it’s a mess up there.