Japanese researchers hope to launch a satellite made of wood in 2023

The satellite would burn instead of becoming more space debris.

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  • Orbiting around Earth are hundreds of thousands of bits of space debris.
  • Some of this stuff comes plummeting down eventually, but not enough of it.
  • Wood satellites would burn up in the atmosphere without falling on anyone or anything.
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