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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yeah, actually we are. And we're also recklessly creating new tiny space junk by launching too much stuff into orbit in the first place (some of which will eventually collide with other stuff and create lots of new tiny space junk). Eventually we're going to need some international agreements limiting the amount of crap we're allowed to put into orbit and regulating the proper disposal of old satellites, or else the entire area around the earth will eventually become unusable for satellites and impassible for spacecraft.

    I think this will probably become our first non-terrestrial environmental issue.
    The US has had reckless satellite shootdowns? The only one I could find was of a satellite that was dangerously failed and would have endangered people on earth had it NOT been shut down...

    I do agree that we need a plan to dispose of old satellites. However, getting up there and cleaning up is even harder than cleaning Everest... and there is quite the mess up there too...
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    Re: Space junk threatening space station, 3 residents

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yeah, actually we are. And we're also recklessly creating new tiny space junk by launching too much stuff into orbit in the first place (some of which will eventually collide with other stuff and create lots of new tiny space junk). Eventually we're going to need some international agreements limiting the amount of crap we're allowed to put into orbit and regulating the proper disposal of old satellites, or else the entire area around the earth will eventually become unusable for satellites and impassible for spacecraft.

    I think this will probably become our first non-terrestrial environmental issue.
    Have you told them? They probably have no idea they are doing wrong.

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