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A Spacecraft Thinner Than Human Hair Wraps Up and Destroys Space Debris

In Brief

With space debris a growing problem that endangers operations in our atmosphere, the Aerospace Corporation has developed a thin spacecraft that wraps around debris and burns it up in the atmosphere.

Trash in Space

In the 68 short years since humans first launched an object into space, we’ve done a remarkably good — or arguably bad — job of filling it with more: NASA estimates that there are about 500,000 human-made objects in orbit around our planet. A recently-designed spacecraft plans to tackle this “space junk” by balling it up and tossing it into our atmosphere.

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