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An Open Letter to NASA

Updated on June 29, 2011
Be Responsible
Be Responsible

I am sorry to hear the Space Station had a near miss with a piece of space garbage.

I hear you are now investigating the circumstances. Here are a couple of possibilities:

My neighbors and I built a spaceship, so that we could dump our garbage in space.

You don’t believe that one? OK, how about:

The UFOs you say don’t exist are using Earth as a garbage dump.

Unfortunately, it’s a couple of years too early to blame tourists.

Let’s get real. You have said, for years you and other space agencies, are creating too much “space junk” and a next generation will have to clean it up.

A news flash: We have now been in space for 50 years, you ARE the next generation.

I know it isn’t Rocket Science, only Environment 101 but please try and keep up. Everybody is responsible for cleaning up their own garbage. If you can’t get a contractor, then you have to do it yourself.

I admit it may not be as exciting as space exploration but maybe, since the Department of Defense seem anxious to get into space you could get them to do target practice. Locating and vaporizing this junk. That way, they would be able to ask for funding for the environment and safety, instead of war mongering.

You have been fortunate enough to get a cost free warning of the dangers you are causing. Please do not wait for the next one, which apart from costing billions of dollars, could also cost human lives.

Thank you, a concerned Earthling.


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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I understand space is full of orbiting junk from our spaceships and satalites. Much of it eventually falls out of orbit and is burned up on re entry

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this very entertaining hub!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I often wondered about all the space junk.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Stump may be right. I'm sure that NASA knows who, what and where every piece of space junk is located and most is either ours or the Russians. So if we just act responsibly and clean up our mess and get the Russians to do the same there will be no problems. Peter

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      Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      I really enjoyed this but it does bring up a disturbing trend here in America. The problems we face are never the fault of the people who caused them.

      Take the oil spill in the gulf, The industry was deregulated which allowed BP to save millions of dollars by not installing a piece of saftey equipment that should have stopped the disater. The fault doesn't lie with those who allowed BP to destroy the gulf simply to increase their profits.

      The head of the department that is responsible for insuring that toys are safe for kids, was replaced with an executive from the toy industry. The fact that numerous kids died due to the new safety guy allowing toy manufacturers to use cheaper material from China had nothing to do with these deaths. In an effort to increase profits they imported products loaded with lead and other harmful materials. Putting a guy in charge of an industry's safety practices had nothing to do with his efforts to increase the profits of his cronies by killing American children. Wasn't his fault. It also wasn't the fault of the person who gave him the job. It was the fault of the parents, they should have invested in the technology that would have detected the lead and or other deadly materials. If they had truly cared about their children they would have taken these precautions.

      The new American way is to never, ever, take responsibility for one's own actions.