Space Environmentalism

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More than 300,000 pieces of space junk are currently orbiting the planet. All those spent rocket stages, satellite fragments, and astronaut trash are starting to create major problems for space agencies. Wired Science writer Adam Mann talks about the risks posed by all that floating detritus and the idea of “space environmentalism.” He's the author of the article “Space: The Final Frontier of Environmental Disasters?”


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Comments [1]

Amy from Manhattan

When Mr. Mann says the Ecuadorian satellite is "gone," does he mean--oh, hell, the segment's over. Well, I still wonder if he means that it:

is still orbiting mostly in 1 piece but disabled?
has fallen back to earth?
broke up into bunches of the kind of orbiting space debris he's been talking about?

BTW, my uncle was a space lawyer. Originally, pretty much *the* space lawyer. In those days, it was mostly about peaceful uses of outer space; I don't know if anyone was thinking about environmental aspects yet.

Jul. 18 2013 01:42 PM

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