"The recent fall to Earth of a massive Chinese rocket has renewed concerns
about the perils of space junk and one project from the European Space Agency
might be able to help.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced plans to launch a space debris
removal mission in 2025 with the help of a Swiss start-up called ClearSpace.
The mission, dubbed ClearSpace-1, will use an experimental, four-armed robot to
capture a Vega Secondary Payload Adapter (Vespa) left behind by ESA's Vega
launcher in 2013. The piece of space junk is located about 500 miles (800
kilometers) above Earth and weighs roughly 220 lbs. (100 kilograms)."
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