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What Is Space Junk?

Richard Cavazos, Contributor

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What is space junk? What do you think or how much do you know about space junk and how serious is it? In 1957, the people of earth saw they’re first piece of space junk, it was the body of a rocket that they used for Sputnik, a satellite. Space junk is the name for orbital bits that do nothing useful like rockets, fragments splayed by collisions and degradation, old satellites no one cares about anymore, etc. In total  amount of pieces of debris, many pieces are large enough to seriously damage satellites and the International Space Station.

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Now it gets worse! The Kessler Syndrome, a space sickness, that low-Earth orbit is so overpopulated that collisions cascade into more collisions, which create more debris that causes more collisions that cascade into more collisions. It’s all very bad because all that debris ends up coming back down to earth as almost like meteors. Yet, they’re about two thousand more satellites scheduled to be launched by 2025!! That’s going to lead to more disaster. We are trying to clean it up are robot arms that grab the debris but, that’s not very useful because they just grab one thing at a time, that’s why NASA has made a net the size of a football field to gather up all the debris. Hopefully NASA will figure out a way to make these satellites last longer so that we won’t have so much debris in space

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