Sunday, June 25, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Threat of space debris collisions on the rise

Posted on Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
Top experts from across the globe are meeting to discuss ways to curb the amount of debris in orbit.

Scientists estimate that there could be as many as 29,000 objects larger than 10cm, 670,000 objects larger than 1cm and 170 million objects larger than 1mm in orbit around the Earth. Due to the speed at which these objects are traveling even a collision with a small item of debris could irreparably damage a satellite or spacecraft while a collision with one of the larger pieces would prove catastrophic.

"Space debris mitigation measures, if properly implemented by satellite designers and mission operators, can curtail the growth rate of the debris population," said Heiner Klinkrad who head's ESA Space Debris Office. "Active debris removal, however, has been shown to be necessary to reverse the debris increase."

"The continuing growth in space debris poses an increasing threat to economically vital orbital regions."

  View: Full article

 Source: ESA


  Discuss: View comments (27)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 23 April, 2013, 20:04
it's worth the tries but also space debris is always a risk but with that i am not saying that we shouldn't prevent or find ways either you know.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Hazzard on 23 April, 2013, 20:32
It doesnt seem to be a shortage of ideas though,... http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/9-concepts-cleaning-space-junk.html
Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin on 23 April, 2013, 21:13
Sounds like this is an increasing concern with officials. Hope they can figure out a reasonable solution.
Comment icon #21 Posted by chopmo on 23 April, 2013, 23:58
I wonder if I'm going to have to pay a tax on this as well because we littered space I wonder if space travel did disturb the natural flow that keeps it away from earth? (It's not what I'm banking on but just a curious idea, I'm not really a space person )
Comment icon #22 Posted by danielost on 24 April, 2013, 18:07
There was a tv comedy based on removing trash from orbit. Has anyone seen my broom.
Comment icon #23 Posted by kwin on 25 April, 2013, 3:08
"Scientists estimate that there could be as many as 29,000 objects larger than 10cm, 670,000 objects larger than 1cm and 170 million objects larger than 1mm in orbit around the Earth. Anyone need a good used 5 mi long bridge?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Frank Merton on 25 April, 2013, 3:21
Maybe that's why we haven't been visited by aliens -- by the time they have the technology to get here they've so cluttered their own solar system with debris they can't.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Zeta Reticulum on 25 April, 2013, 8:22
Maybe that's why we haven't been visited by aliens -- Maybe we have
Comment icon #26 Posted by Zerocoder on 25 April, 2013, 13:23
we destroy our planet with ****, now our solar system? Kinda funny
Comment icon #27 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 26 April, 2013, 13:07
A space bulldozer?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5932366
255196
167805

 
Deer filmed engaging in bizarre 'slap fight'
6-25-2017
Footage recorded by a wildlife camera in Tennessee shows two whitetail bucks slapping each other silly.
Mystery of Dubai Marina's orange water solved
6-25-2017
The alarm was raised in Dubai last week after the water started to turn a disconcerting orange color.
Could the universe itself be conscious ?
6-25-2017
The idea that the cosmos may be self-aware has intrigued scientists and philosophers for centuries.
Scientists crack mystery of avian egg shape
6-24-2017
Researchers have finally worked out why some bird eggs are rounder while others are more pointy.
Other news in this category
Could the universe itself be conscious ?
Posted 6-25-2017 | 13 comments
The idea that the cosmos may be self-aware has intrigued scientists and philosophers for centuries....
 
Magnetic beam could dispose of old satellites
Posted 6-24-2017 | 2 comments
A French scientist is working on a novel new way to keep Earth's orbit clear of defunct satellites....
 
Mysterious Mars-sized 'Planet Ten' proposed
Posted 6-23-2017 | 8 comments
Astronomers have suggested that there may be more than one mystery planet in the outer solar system....
 
PLATO mission to hunt for Earth-like worlds
Posted 6-22-2017 | 2 comments
ESA is set to launch a new satellite that will seek out potentially habitable extrasolar planets....
 
'Star Chip' could reach Earth 2.0 in 20 years
Posted 6-21-2017 | 19 comments
Stephen Hawking is hoping to send a space probe to a potentially habitable world around Alpha Centauri....
 
NASA discovers 10 near-Earth size exoplanets
Posted 6-19-2017 | 13 comments
Scientists believe that these new worlds lie in the 'Goldilocks zone' of their respective solar systems....
 
Elon Musk reveals vision for city on Mars
Posted 6-15-2017 | 10 comments
The SpaceX CEO has been working towards his goal of seeing mankind become an interplanetary species....
 
Did the Sun once have a companion star ?
Posted 6-14-2017 | 8 comments
New evidence has suggested that all the sunlike stars in the universe may have formed together in pairs....
 
Space nation 'Asgardia' set to launch probe
Posted 6-13-2017 | 3 comments
The so-called 'first nation state in space' is about to make its first foray in to the final frontier....
 
NASA reveals 'Batmobile' concept Mars rover
Posted 6-9-2017 | 5 comments
The futuristic vehicle, which is designed to operate on Mars, was unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center....
 
Astronauts could bake their own bread in space
Posted 6-8-2017 | 3 comments
A new type of crumb-free dough mixture could help to improve the selection of foods available in space....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ