Space junk spawns new industry for collecting debris

Mystery Wire

A rendering shows the ClearSpace-1 collector in low Earth orbit. (ClearSpace / Twitter)

MYSTERY WIRE It’s far too late to “pack out your trash” in space. Junk is everywhere, and it’s just a matter of time until something bad happens. That’s why ClearSpace, a Swiss junk-removal startup parterning with the European Space Agency, is launching a robotic garbage collector in 2025.

For more on the damage already done by space junk and the threats to future missions, see the full story on

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