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Russia Spending Billions to Clean Up Space Junk

We've sent a lot of stuff into space over the years, including flies, dogs, mice, monkeys, people, satellites and rovers. No surprise then that there's so much junk floating around up there. What with out of order satellites and random bits of space junk, there is a lot of crap out there doing nothing but orbiting the Earth. Right now, it looks kind of like this:

Considering the years of space exploration the human race has carried out, it really is high time we start cleaning up after ourselves. Luckily for us, Mother Russia is stepping in to do the tidying for us; the country has just announced that it will invest billions to clear 600 satellites out of Earth's orbit.

Russian space corporation Energia plans to develop a special space pod that will grab and deorbit about 600 broken satellites. Once deorbited they'll either burn up in the atmosphere or splash down into the ocean.  With an estimated life-span of 15 years, the pod will have a nuclear core and will cost $2 billion to develop and deploy.

The clearing of the satellites will contribute to the removal of the threat space debris poses to the future of space technology and exploration. Russia plans to have the pod in service no later than 2023.

Read more about Russia's plans to clean up space on Fast Company.

Source: Fast Company via SlashGear

*Image via Fast Company

  • anarchy4sale
    Mother Russia
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  • terror112
    um... thank you russia?
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  • gekko668
    As human we love creating new toys but are terrible at cleaning up.
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  • alyoshka
    At least someone has made a start...... good move and thought Matushka....
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  • Niva
    Hah, I'm shocked Russia is the first one to jump on this HUGE problem we have created for ourselves. Glad to see them step up too.
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  • dogman_1234
    Sputnik 2020?
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  • bison88
    Pretty embarrassing for the U.S. to have other countries make more of an effort to clear the space junk considering a vast uneven amount of satellites are ours. Good job Russia, unless Mother Russia has other plans lol.
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  • theshonen8899
    WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!
    Hold on here. The pod will grab the space junks and toss it into the ocean...? You mean leaving it in the ocean with a bunch of unknown lifeforms is better than leaving it in orbit not really doing anything? How about we grab stuff we know will burn in the atmosphere then save the big stuff for hurling at other planets or the sun instead of giving it a chance to accidentally crash into a city.
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  • will it clean also perfectly functioning US military spy satellites? same routine: ocean or burning in the atmosphere?
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  • TheRockMonsi
    bison88Good job Russia, unless Mother Russia has other plans lol.
    They probably do...

    theshonen8899 How about we grab stuff we know will burn in the atmosphere then save the big stuff for hurling at other planets or the sun instead of giving it a chance to accidentally crash into a city.
    Yes, accidentally, that's exactly what they want you to think.

    staysmartwill it clean also perfectly functioning US military spy satellites? same routine: ocean or burning in the atmosphere?
    Looks like some guys here are catching on. ;)
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