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Japan's space agency, JAXA, is testing a giant, magnetic space net as a way to clean up space junk.

Genres / Sci Fi : io9

Japan's space agency, JAXA, is testing a giant, magnetic space net as a way to clean up space junk. Over at The New Scientist, they take a closer look at just what we can expect from the 700-meter long aluminum and steel net, set to...

Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to the ISS

Technology / Hardware : Extremetech

Kounotori 6 has a 2,300-foot electrodynamic tether (EDT), which could one day be used to send space junk back into the atmosphere where it can burn up safely. The post Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to...

Gecko Gripper blasts off to help design space-crawling robots

Academics / Astronomy : New Scientist: Space

Tuesday's Cygnus launch to the International Space Station carried material inspired by gecko feet. It could help robots crawl over the ISS's exterior

Gecko-inspired robot has grippers that could clean up space junk

Biology / Zoology : New Scientist: Zoologger

Hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris orbit our planet. A device that sticks to space junk like a gecko’s toes might be able to help clear them up

NASA tests gecko tech to pick up and recycle space trash

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Gripping technology inspired by the force that geckos use to climb even vertical, smooth surfaces has been tested in microgravity. Researchers want to see if it might one day be used to get work done in outer space, and clean up the...

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