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Friday, January 20, 2006

Space Junk Cleanup Needed



Wow! And I thought my house was dirty! There is a lot of debris floating in space above our heads and the amount is going to increase in the years ahead! This makes future launches at risk (not to mention, makes the area around our planet very unattractive to potential visitors...what would the Vulcans think?)

While there is currently a special organization called the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee, made up of space agencies from ten countries and the European Space Agency, they have so far focused on limiting future space junk. The concern is how do we clean what is already up there...not like we have a giant vacuum cleaner!

Read here for the rest of the article.

Photo credit National Geographic Website

2 Comments:

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Remebre the late 70's -early 80's TV shoe Salvage One? It starred Andy Griffith and was about a junk dealer who built a reusable rocket to got up and retrieve junk just like this stuff. Seems there was alot of money in the recyling of it.

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Think that would fly on FreeCycle?

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Oh goodness! I had forgotten all about that show, which I loved! I think it would go like hot cakes on Freecycle and who knows, maybe you could get the parts from Freecycle to make the reusable rocket:)

 

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