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Offline EC

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'Urgent need' to remove space debris
« on: April 25, 2013, 02:35:35 PM »
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Re: 'Urgent need' to remove space debris
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 06:58:55 PM »
IT truly is amazing the crap we have left up there flying around.

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Re: 'Urgent need' to remove space debris
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 08:49:28 PM »
From the BBC:

More at link.

At the risk of sounding like a foam at the mouth Gaian - In 60 years we have so badly polluted low Earth orbit that it needs cleaning?

It's not so much about pollution as it is high velocity and a lack of atmosphere.  The little stuff becomes like tiny missiles racing around; when it hits something the impact can be ferocious.  The space shuttle windows were inspected after every flight to look for damage like this:

NASA has a webpage with some other images of the damage caused by micrometeorites in orbit - mostly due to stuff that got up there because of us:

It's almost a virtual certainty that space operations are going to leave debris so it's sort of inevitable that we'll need to figure out how to start clearing lanes through the stuff; otherwise we'll simply close ourselves in with a blanket of junk we can't get through.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2013, 08:49:57 PM by Oceander »

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