Orbiting junk rivals weapons as major threat to space use
Debris could damage other crafts, people and Earth-based property
Trackable objects in orbit around Earth.
By Jeremy Hsu
updated 12/23/2010 5:45:24 PM ET 2010-12-23T22:45:24
What began as a minor trash problem in space has now developed into a full-blown threat. A recent space security report put the problem of debris on equal footing with weapons as a threat to the future use of space.
Hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk — including broken satellites, discarded rocket stages and lost spacewalker tools — now crowd the corridors of Earth orbit.
These objects could do serious damage to working spacecraft if they were to hit them, and might even pose a risk to people and property on the ground if they fall back to Earth and are large enough to survive re-entering the atmosphere.
now we have to worry about garbage falling on us from space!
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