What are we going to do about all the space junk?

Danny Yavuzkurt (ayavuzk@fas.harvard.edu)
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 16:02:40 -0400

I was just taking a look through the US Space Command's page, and I happened upon their 'Satellite Boxscore' page (http://www.spacecom.af.mil/usspace/boxscore.htm)... I was pretty taken aback by the sheer amount of (known) junk there is out there.. how long is it going to be before the more-used orbits will be completely inaccessible due to sheer human messiness?... this could be a serious obstacle to our development as a space-faring species..

-Danny Yavuzkurt

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