You’ve heard about trash piling up on the beaches and in some neighborhoods, but how about in outer space? Well as strange as that might sound, a number of NASA officials are beginning to take a look at the growing problem of space garbage they claim is littering the earth’s outer atmosphere 550 miles straight up. The trash is a byproduct of old satellites and upper storage units left in orbit from previous flights and experts say this amounts to some 9,000 pieces of dangerous debris. Concern arises from it buzzing around the earth, often at high speeds, which can pose a danger to future space flights. With no economical solution to space junk, let’s hope it’s not light years before one is discovered.
March 3, 2006 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.