China opens agency to clean up space junk circling earth

(From Caixin Online)

China has established a national agency to boost efforts aimed at tackling the growing threat that space junk poses to its space programs.

The new organization was formed by China’s space agency, known as the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government research body. It is to research space debris, including non-functional spacecraft, abandoned parts of launch vehicles and other debris.

Xu Dazhe, director of the space agency, said the body will study, track and maneuver debris to protect the country’s space endeavors. It is also intended to make better use of the CAS’ observatories, which can be used to monitor space trash. Read more

Crew of the Shenzhou-10 mission

Crew of the Shenzhou-10 mission


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