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Thousands of pieces of space debris circle Earth in this artist's impression. Credit: NASA

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The Plan to Recycle Space Junk for Missions to Mars

The growing space debris problem may have a flip side: What if we could convert the junk into components for a space mission?

Published On 11/08/2016
11:45 AM EST
Composite image of Mars and its two moons, Phobos (foreground) and Deimos. | Credit: NASA
Artist's impression of the Dawn spacecraft arriving at Ceres. Dawn uses solar electric propulsion, which could be an option for future Mars spacecraft as well. | Credit: NASA