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The Prophet of Space Trash

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In 2009, after two telecom satellites smashed into each other, the U.S. National Research Council commissioned a team of experts to examine whether NASA was doing enough to address the growing problem of space junk. When it came time to pick the chair-->

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 1:09 pm

Donald Kessler is leading a new study considering what to do about orbital debris, a problem he saw developing decades ago.

Published by Discover Magazine: by Gregory Mone

"In 2009, after two telecom satellites smashed into each other, the U.S. National Research Council commissioned a team of experts to examine whether NASA was doing enough to address the growing problem of space junk. When it came time to pick the chair of the panel, the choice was obvious: Don Kessler, a 71-year-old retired NASA scientist who has been warning the world about orbital debris for more than 30 years.

Kessler grew up dreaming of becoming an astronomer but had no money for college, so he joined the Army. After he got out in 1961, he returned home to Houston, where NASA had recently established its manned spaceflight headquarters. Kessler was accepted into the agency’s cooperative education program, which allowed him to earn a degree in physics."


This is a problem, not unlike most, that we have created and still pretend is not going to fall (quiet literally) directed on our heads. I don't think we should stop Space Exploration, the market for jobs alone makes it highly viable and currently vital. Most important has been the vast scientific knowledge that has moved us light years ahead in the field of the science frontier. Please let's think about cleaning up our space mess before hundreds of thousand of people are "accidentally" killed.

Paul Murphy (6)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 2:21 pm

strange, if you drop a piece of paper on the path/sidewalk your a litter lout , and can be fined, but in space you can dump a satellite or a rocket and there is nothing done about it????

Roger G (154)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 2:57 pm
noted, thanks !

lee e (114)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 7:35 pm
It seems we never consider the outcome of technology, it advances faster than we do. Even the obvious possible outcomes are overlooked, and too often in the name of greed - it isn't enough that we destroy our planet by living on it and littering it with every imaginable technological l advancement like plastic bags and batteries, but now we're dealing with the debris from decades of man's space programs.

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 8:01 pm
OH, FINE! We've trashed the air, the oceans, the land and now........(drum roll) THE SKIES?

We do not deserve to continue.

Darlene W (303)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 8:05 pm
I have been saying this for nigh on 40+ years. Ever since they first landed on the moon--the beginning of the destruction of our climate. Hello out there, did this or did it not open up the layers of the atmosphere? Does not any of the exhaust from this equipment alter the atmosphere? They will only tell us what they want us to hear anyway. And they say the 'little people' don't know anything. They better look again. Obviously you can't fool Mother Nature.

Darlene W (303)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 8:07 pm
Oh no---Paul Murphy you should never have brought that up---now they will raise our taxes again to pay for the cleanup because they can't afford to.

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday February 7, 2012, 8:23 pm
thanks Kit

Xil L (40)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 12:54 am
Some say spacejunk might block suns rays (makes for nice heating bills in winter..)
I say arent we making a microwave oven effect with junk and planes? Slow cook....
Approx 6000 satelites have been put into orbit, only 800 are operational.
There are almost 90,000 flights in the U.S. alone each day (not including private and military) when half are business related and could be traded for online conference calls or trains. Not to mention the use of fuel.

J.F FORT (6)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 4:45 am
Really interesting !!

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 4:48 am
Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 7:05 am
Darlene B. (8:05)
& Xil L. said it very well.

Thank you, Kit.

Tim C (2420)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 1:18 pm

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:18 pm
Yeah this can be a problem - though not quite as bad as Star Trek's 'Nomad' and 'Tan Rhu' collision that resulted in the Enterprise collecting a hybrid assassin probe... Collecting the junk and putting it in a stable Lagrange position as spare parts would be a great idea if we can pull it off.

bharathi A (2)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 3:42 pm
noted, thanks !

Kishore Amma (3)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 4:28 pm
noted, thanks !

Kishore Amma (3)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 4:29 pm
Thanks for the article

Bob hardly here P (394)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 6:11 pm
thanks Kit

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 6:46 pm

Quanta Kiran (67)
Wednesday February 8, 2012, 10:57 pm

Alice C (1797)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 2:01 pm
One can only hope that space junk dosen't fall on them. That goes for plane junk as well.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:03 pm
Always wondered what was going to happen to all that stuff - we pollute the planet and we pollute the space - the only places we are aware of....If we knew more - we would probably just pollute that too.

bharathi A (2)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:17 pm
noted, thanks !

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 3:41 pm
It's important.

Out of sight must not be out of mind.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Friday February 10, 2012, 9:55 pm
Terrible! Now we're going to ruin Space too?

Herbert E (10)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:46 am
The day is not far away when space is too cluttered up with junk for human space travel. Then only military this or that will go up. And come down again, burning up, leaving metallic and other particles in the atmosphere. How can all this trash ever be collected and brought back to earth ? I'd say never ! And because nobody is interested in cleaning up after space is messed up.
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