Thursday, February 10, 2011

Japanese Cleaning up Space Junk with Ginormous Fishing Nets!

With Japan having a rich history in fishing, it is only appropriate that Japan's space agency JAXA are innovating the concept of cleaning up the orbiting space junk with fishing nets. JAXA is even teaming with the pioneering Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to produce super-strong nets that are a kilometer in width and made with ultra-thin triple layered metal threads. 
After being deployed by a JAXA satallite and catching the space litter, the net and junk will slowly be drawn in by the Earth's gravitational field and harmlessly burn up as it enters the atmosphere.

via inhabitat

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