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Rants: Space Junk

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February 15, 2013

01:48

Like our oceans, closets, and arteries, so go our lower space orbits: clogged with junk. Decades of admittedly awesome space exploration (except for the animal testing), combined with a roguish lack of foresight has left us with a dangerous amount of space clutter. Tens of millions of pieces of debris are whizzing around the Earth at deadly speeds as you read this... right now!

It's not like we can ignore it. This condition is one that only makes itself worse as time passes. Do we really want to end up like the humans in Wall-E?

In this video, we explore what could be done to help, and what has been done lately to make the problem worse.

Host: Rheanna Sand

Photo Credits: Wikimedia/NASA

References:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/05/ff_space_junk/
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/science/space/12satellite.html
http://www.darpa.mil/news/2009/OrbitalDebris.pdf
http://www.cydeweys.com/blog/2007/01/18/china-creates-space-debris-intentionally/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e16U8UsT4I

YOUR COMMENTS

placebo messiah on July 22, 2010
but Wall-E was soooo cuuuute
Cathy Bodmer on July 24, 2010
Our whole environment is in peril - HELP!!!

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