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September 2, 2011

Junk in space: Danger in orbit

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Yesterday's USA Today story by Dan Vergano was accompanied by two graphics (above and below) illustrating the problem.

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There's gotta be big money in collecting the stuff and recycling it or getting paid by the owners to return them. Like the 'Alien' movie mining crews, crews who are space GARBAGE persons.

Posted by: megan | Sep 3, 2011 12:51:32 AM

le Ballou here... Wikileaks needs patching, perhaps the Waterboy can assist?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 2, 2011 7:11:09 PM

There's a name for the problem - Kesseler Syndrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_Syndrome).
And there was an anime that specifically dealt with space garbage collection called Planetes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetes). The beginning of the first episode showed how a screw flying through space orbit caused a space passenger plane to explode.

Posted by: wen | Sep 2, 2011 3:30:10 PM

That makes me think of the classic Bob & Ray routine where Professor Groggins planned to orbit the earth at an altitude of 16 feet in a rocket made mostly of folding chairs and balsa wood.

Posted by: Flautist | Sep 2, 2011 2:28:42 PM

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