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How much is too much space junk ?

February 18, 2009 | Comment icon 3 comments

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Following the collision between two satellites recently space planners have warned that the ever increasing quantity of debris in orbit around the Earth could cause more problems in the future.
If you've ever walked through a swarm of gnats at a picnic, you have some idea of what it's like to navigate the mass of debris that circles our planet in low-Earth orbit. Space planners have long warned that the growing belt of cosmic junk would eventually lead to collisions, and on Tuesday it happened, when an American satellite and a defunct Russian satellite totaled each other 500 miles above Siberia. This has sparked new worries that space is simply becoming too dangerous a place to travel."

Source: Time Magazine | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DontKnow 14 years ago
Reminds me of "Planet ES" the Anime serie. Maybe thats how the future will look like. Good show btw.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ROGER 14 years ago
I think they covered this on the Discovery Channel not long ago. The Earths fluctuations of the Magnetosphere would eventually bring the 'Junk' close enough to burn in a reentry. But this would take hundreds of years, plus we keep adding to the mess.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ravergirl 14 years ago
would the junk effect the relationship between the earth and the moon? if not what does it matter?

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