Spacecraft launched to try to clear junk
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Japan ISS Kounotori: Spacecraft launched to try to clear space junk

Japan has launched a cargo ship which will use a 700m (half mile)-long tether to remove some of the vast amount of debris from Earth's orbit.

The tether, made of aluminium strands and steel wire, is designed to slow the debris, pulling it out of orbit.

The cargo ship will also deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

  • 09 Dec 2016