Clean Space: the challenge of space debris

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10/01/2018

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00:01:14

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ESA (Genevieve Porter) – Marianne Tricot (Ecole Estienne Paris)

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Space… Clean and untouched, right? At least from a distance. But taking a closer look at the orbital paths around our own planet, we see a lot of junk: derelict satellites and rocket upper stages, and smaller fragments, all hurtling around at hypersonic velocities. Since 2012 ESA’s Clean Space initiative has been working to keep space as safe, clean and accessible to future generations as possible reducing the environmental impact of our space activities across their entire life cycle, from their initial design to their end-of-life. Because the clean way is the right way.

To learn more about Clean Space, check out the team's blog

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