V is for a space Vacuum

V is for Vacuum  (A to Z Blogging Challenge)

CleanSpace One is being built by researchers in Switzerland to help rid space of thousands of pieces of floating space junk.

Space junk is an enormous problem.  A piece of debris that comes into contact with, for example, a working sattelite can create thousands of new pieces of space junk.

CleanSpace One is not exactly a vacuum cleaner in space.  The Swiss scientists plan to cosy up to a large piece of junk (for example, an old satellite that is not being used), and then use a claw-like instrument to seize the space junk and force it back through the atmosphere.  At that point, the space junk will be destroyed by the heat of friction with the air.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pamela Brennan
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 13:14:25

    Well, what do you know! Learn something new every day! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Liz Brownlee
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 14:23:12

    i have been worried about all that stuff – but destroyed is term that doesn’t really mean much – as matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Made less dangerous for us perhaps – but what are we sending out into space ? Hope it’s not going to harm something else!



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