After taking off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan last Friday, Dec. 9, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle-6 (HTV-6) arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Japan recently launched a “space junk” collector made of fishing net. The spacecraft will collect millions of trash left by satellites and rockets in space.
Technological junk on Earth and in space reportedly accounts for roughly 30 trillion tons, an amount significantly higher than the actual biological mass on Earth and in space. The less these junk are collected and reused, the more junk will be collected on Earth. Japan recently launched a "space junk collector" to minimize waste in space and bring them back to Earth to be used again in the future.