Japan's spectacular plan to eliminate space debris

Since decades, space junk that consists of satellites, rocket parts, and wreckage from collisions has been piling up.

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), around one million pieces of debris larger than 10 centimeters are in Earth's orbit. 

Japan has come with an amazing plan to deal with these space debris.

A researcher from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Toru Yamamoto, plans using a laser beam to get rid of the space debris

 The laser beam will vaporize them and will create a pulse of energy that will push the object into a new orbit.

With the irradiating laser, there will be no need to touch any debris. On that note, space debris can move about 7.5 kilometers per second, which is much faster than a bullet. 

Currently, the project is experimental, but they hope to test the idea in space by the spring of 2025. 


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