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US and Japan join to tidy up space-junk-cluttered orbit

The partners aim to track and recover debris in orbit before it causes harm

The International Space Station releases a nanosatellite. Earth orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellites and debris, raising the odds of catastrophic collisions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan will work together to prevent satellite collisions and remove space junk from Earth's increasingly crowded orbit.

Washington is developing a tracking system that will monitor objects in orbit, a sort of air traffic control system for space, while Tokyo will deploy systems designed to capture debris in space. 

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