Watch Rocket Lab launch a daring space junk mission today

Rocket Lab launched an ambitious satellite to examine space junk for Japanese company Astroscale on Sunday morning (February 18).

Astroscale's ADRAS-J satellite was lifted atop an Electron rocket from the Rocket Lab launch site in New Zealand today at 9:52 a.m. EDT (1452 GMT; 3:52 a.m. New Zealand local time on February 19). The satellite was designed to examine a large piece of space junk: the stage of a defunct Japanese H-2A rocket in low Earth orbit.

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