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Russia set to spend $2 billion on cleaning up space

Russia announces $2 billion funding to build a nuclear-powered pod to collect space junk and then re

By: Anthony Garreffa from Nov 25, 2010 @ 22:00 CST

You may not be able to see them from standing outside and looking up in the sky - but there is literally tonnes and tonnes of 'space junk' floating around just outside the Earth's atmosphere.


Russia has announced they are planning on spending $2 billion on a craft to clean up around 600 pieces of the space junk.

Space Daily reported that Russia's NASA equivalent Energia plans to build a pod that will float through orbit for 15 years, collecting the old satellites and then head back to Earth. The pod will be nuclear-powered and should be completed by 2020 and set to be fully-operational by 2023 if it all goes to plan.

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