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You are invited to apply to attend our special social media event for the #Sentinel2 B launch on 6-7 March! We're inviting our social media followers to join us to for a night with top Earth observation experts at our mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Apply online now! #Sentinel2Go #SocialSpace  

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Be a part of Europe’s Earth observation revolution: apply to join top Earth experts at the Sentinel launch SocialSpace on 6–7 March in Darmstadt, Germany.
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ESA #Technology image of the week: Artist's impression of the proposed e.Deorbit mission, shown left, using a robotic arm to catch a derelict satellite – the baseline capture method for what would be the world’s first active space debris removal mission, in 2024. #spacedebris

Credit: ESA–David Ducros, 2016
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The space junk problem is back in the news.
If we going to colonize the Moon and Mars we will need a lot of materials there, like, metals, wires, batteries, solar panels and more. We have a tons in orbit ( between 100 and 150 tons )and we should try to move the most we can to the moon for recycling!! Instead to build a satellite catcher and bring back to earth to burn on the reentry. Here is one solution could help the space program for the future!! The pictures are on my twitter account-@maxsundance1
Picture 1- SJC received a empty bag.
Picture 2- open bag and start to search for debris and dead satellites.
Picture 3- when bag is full the bag will close.
Picture 4- SJC separate from the bag unit.
Picture 5- bag unit deploying sail.
Picture 6- bag full of debris sailing to the moon.
Picture 7- we just have to send empty bags to the SJC.

Could be used for mining asteroids or get chunks of ice for water.
I thought about the distance between debris, that would be the inefficiency of the idea. I know this is just a hope on a fictional idea.... Laser power beaming is the wireless transfer of energy
( Heat or electricity).
If somehow the laser beam could be magnetized, meaning, the laser beam will attract any ferromagnetic elements toward to the bag of Space Junk Collector and other small debris, like paint chips, gloves etc.... will be incinerated by the laser beam heat.
Note: if laser beam one day could attract ferromagnetic elements, asteroids can be moved to any direction. Don't have to travel far to mining asteroids, they could be pulled from far way.
The most common rock on earth is granite and ferromagnetic elements is very much present on. Laser travel infinitely in the vacuum of space. Again if a laser beam could attract ferromagnetic elements, a laser cannon on a Spaceship could lock the laser beam on a rock planet and be pulled by the planet mass on speeds far faster than we have now.
Science Fiction which I hope come to be real.

Jaime Oliveira
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Watch today's media briefing about #SmallGEO , live from ESA Headquarters in Paris, France - starts at 11:30 CET/10:30 GMT.

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Watch LIVE: ESA DG's #media briefing to kick off 2017, starts today at 09:00 CET (08:00 GMT) - live from ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.

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THANK EVERYONE EVERYWHERE. .Appreciation on fortitude. .integrity. PERSEVERANCE. Unity within diversity. 
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The #Sahara desert as seen from space. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet's note: The wind sculpts the dunes in the Sahara, no water in sight!

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Looks a bit like Mars
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Tune in for Director General Jan Woerner's #media breakfast at ESA headquarters in Paris tomorrow 18 January at 9:00 CET. DG will provide an overview of ESA’s achievements in 2016 and the opportunities ahead in 2017. This will be followed by a background briefing on the #SmallGEO.

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Update on #Galileo and clock anomalies described in today's media briefing with the ESA DG Jan Woerner.

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Replay of this morning's media briefing with the ESA Director General, Jan Woerner is available online at
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Images from today's media briefing with ESA Director General Jan Woerner at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.

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#HumanSpaceflight image of the week is, of course, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet holding on to the #ISS . He completed his first #spacewalk last Friday together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost’s power system.

Thomas is seen here at the external pallet of Japan’s HTV-6 supply ship retrieving battery adapters to install closer to the Station’s solar arrays. Thomas commented on the picture: “I was holding on carefully to the International Space Station: I grew attached to it.”

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Credit: Roscosmos–O. Novitsky
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Brad Parkinson, hailed as the father of #GPS , has visited ESA’s technical heart to meet the team behind Europe’s #Galileo #satnav  system. Paul Verhoef, ESA’s Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, invited Prof. Parkinson to ESA’s facility in the Netherlands to address the Directorate’s annual gathering on 11 January. Also present were members of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency – set to oversee newly operational Galileo services – and the European Commission.
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