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    Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

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    WASHINGTON (AP) Space junk has made such a mess of Earth's orbit that experts say we may need to finally think about cleaning it up.
    We have polluted our water, our ground, our air.... we are now polluting low earth orbit...

    That may mean vacuuming up debris with weird space technology cosmic versions of nets, magnets and giant umbrellas, according to the chairman of an expert panel that issued a new report on the problem Thursday.
    Don't they have Mega Maid on planet Spaceball? Can we borrow it?

    Since the space age began 54 years ago, civilization has littered the area just above Earth's atmosphere with leftover boosters and other parts that come off during launches, as well as old satellites. When scientists noticed that this could be a problem, they came up with agreements to limit new space junk and those plans had been working.
    Looks like the growth was under control... and then...

    But two events in the past four years a 2007 Chinese anti-satellite weapon test and a 2009 crash-in-orbit of two satellites put so much new junk in space that everything changed, the report said. The widely criticized Chinese test used a missile to smash an aging weather satellite into 150,000 pieces of debris larger than four-tenths of an inch (1 centimeter) and 3,118 pieces can be tracked by radar on the ground, the report said.
    ... the Chinese...

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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    I hear the Teabrains have come up with a plan that solves the "Space Junk" clean up and one other problem...

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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    I hear the Teabrains have come up with a plan that solves the "Space Junk" clean up and one other problem...

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    We thought we'd send you up into outer space with with one of your butterfly nets to catch all the junk.
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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    Leave it to some scummy humans to litter all over the universe.

    Is there anything we don't trash?
    A screaming comes across the sky.
    It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    This is why I always rolled my eyes at people who said space may be man’s salvation. I always thought why, so we can fook some other planet up too? Stay here and take care of our own damn planet first before we go somewhere else.

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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Leave it to some scummy humans to litter all over the universe.

    Is there anything we don't trash?
    Space, air, water, just different altitudes. The real problem is attiitude plus arrogance, hubris, ignorance and complacence. Global Warming ring any bells? Nuclear waste. Oil leaks in the Gulf and everywhere else. The human race seems to be a parasite infecting its host.
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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    We could solve the space junk problem in the same way the far right solves global warming. Just pretend it doesn't exist.

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    Re: Space junk littering orbit; might need cleaning up

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    We could solve the space junk problem in the same way the far right solves global warming. Just pretend it doesn't exist.
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