A special space debris inspection probe closely monitors a discarded rocket in orbit (photo)

This is what decades-old space junk drifting in Earth’s orbit would look like from just 50 meters (164 feet) away.

You’re looking at the spent upper stage from a discarded Japanese rocket that was launched Land note Satellites Back in 2009. The rocket body was photographed up close on May 23 by ADRAS-J satellitewhich was designed by a private Japanese company Astroscale to approach and study an unobtainable and uncontrollable piece of orbital debris.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *