Space clean up fails

February 17, 2017

Did you know that there are more than 100 million bits of rubbish whizzing around Earth in space?

On the 8 February, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a mission to clear up this mess.

Their idea was to use a 700m piece of wire to slow down the junk. It would then be pushed into the Earth’s atmosphere so it would harmlessly burn up.

But it didn’t happen. The wire was supposed to be released from the spacecraft to help clear space junk but for some reason the electrodynamic tether did not get released.

Japanese Scientists are unsure what went wrong, and are doing further investigations into the failed mission.

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That is not a healthy earth.