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Falling satellites – the danger of the 21st century?

Maybe not the danger of the 21st century. But when one see views images of the amount of space junk accrued in only half a century, one has to think, “How bad will this get in the next 50 years as more satellites are launched, more space visits are made, and as space goes commercial?

Two thoughts come to mind:
1) The need for an international treaty to tackle this problem now is required (if there is one, then it should be made more public so we at least know what is being done)
2) An entrepreneur with access to funds could set up a space junk collection business. There will probably be a demand for from museums to acquire the pieces, as much as universities and students to study the effects of long term space exposure on the pieces returned.

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September 25, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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