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NASA urges space junk clean up

The amount of junk in space is rising exponentially, with continuous collisions between abandoned equipment, spent rockets and other debris creating ever growing clouds of dangerous fragments, an influential report warned on Thursday. The report, commissioned by NASA, says the quantity of hazardous material circling the Earth has reached a “tipping point” and poses a real and increasing danger to satellites and the International Space Station. It suggests developing a clean-up strategy, which could include catching debris with nets, magnets or giant umbrellas. The U.S. National Research Council was asked to review the space agency’s meteoroid and orbital debris programmes…