Space Debris

Why scientists are building a satellite just so they can crash it
Jan 14, 2013

We've been launching things into Earth orbit for more than half a century now, and we've left a lot of space junk floating around up there in our wake. That space junk could come back to bite us someday when it rips a future spacecraft to shreds, so to better understand how orbiting debris behaves, scientists are building a full-sized satellite just to wreck it. You know, for science.