It sounds like the theme of a 1980s video game, but the National Research Council say NASA should seriously consider ways to better tackle the problem of space debris.
In a 180-page report out this week, the council said NASA, partly because of slashed funding, is facing mounting pressure to find ways to lessen the dangers "posed by abandoned equipment, spent rocket bodies, and other debris orbiting the Earth." Oh, and meteoroids, too, an ex-NASA department head added.
Some models show that the amount of debris has reached a â€śtipping point,â€ť meaning there is enough junk already in orbit that it could keep colliding, creating more debris and endangering spacecraft, satellites and the International Space Station.
The council said debris has already destroyed satellites, and the space station recently experienced a near miss. CNN reported another close call in March 2009.
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Hey gung hoe! I have no idea what youre talkin about? I have no animosity toward anyone here. Maybe trolls were on the hustle.
Are you from Ork?
Do you wear multi-colored suspenders?
He was talking to me, sista.
He has trouble with punctuation, due to his phone.
Will we be shooting at space garbage with lasers? Because I volunteer to do that if I'm provided with a space craft and lasers.
@who I perceive to be fake banasy at 2:54 PM
I believe I've made clear in my posts that i live on the gulf coast.
Looks like it's time for a geography lesson dude / dudette.
OK is no where near the gulf coast.
I said ORK, not OK.
I was referencing your Nanoo nanoo comment.
Oh, and that *was* me, bobcat2u.
Hello Banasy, Raven, Gung hoe and bobcat2u. Haven't been here in a while and the troll has been after me, I guess he missed me.lol
@Gung the other day I used the name Angel and we agreed on something I think I may have trolled someone you usually do not get along with. So I wanted to clear that up and tell the real Angel, if there is another one I did not know it was taken.
So let's assume a highly advanced extra terrestrial race, that just so happens to be environmentalists, comes across this space trash, does this mean china is first to be invaded?
Seems we could design a fighter. That doesn't have to launch from earth. Could dock/refuel at the space station.
With a frickin lazer attached to its head. Or maybe a scow. We could recycle some of it.
Create a bunch of problems messing around with other countries all the way back into big Bill Clinton-
Then pay to clean it up !!!! A truly American solution. WORKS.... no reason to stop now.
Because the claim is IF they dont mess it up first.... someone else will.
Who can argue with infallible libertarian diatribes posing as "logic?"
"Yet ! the elected men in government are compelled to show a public face of sympathy for the oppressed and must pretend, at all times, to be one with them...seeking to rectify the very wrong they themselves have secretly comitted." @banasy...it is not the amount of humor one consumes that determins longevity...it is the amount of calories. (your body is the most amazing engine ever, and like any engine, the more fuel it goes through the sooner it wears out and dies)
Dear CNN Team and readers, as a participant of Singularity University '11 at NASA Ames, I would be very happy to share with you my video about space debris :
I hope you will like it and feel free to publish it and share it.
Dear CNN team and reader,
My goal now is to create an INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION where country from all over the world coud collaborate, cooperate and regulate the space trash/debris/satellite regulations
Feel free to contact me if interested , my e-mail is in the video
Mother Nature takes a sneeze and blows the debris towards the nearest black hole and no more problem.B-)