Even if we stopped launching new missions into space tomorrow, the volume of space debris would keep on growing because of future break-ups and collisions. The best way to prevent such a chain reaction is to remove entire large items of debris items from space. Clean Space's e.Deorbit mission will catch and dispose of a derelict ESA-owned satellite. Such a mission is a world first that presents many challenges, but success would pave the way to a cleaner space.
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