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How much is too much space junk ?

Posted on Wednesday, 18 February, 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."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DontKnow on 18 February, 2009, 11:45
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 on 20 February, 2009, 20:49
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 on 20 February, 2009, 22:16
would the junk effect the relationship between the earth and the moon? if not what does it matter?


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