Dealing with Space Debris – scientists warn it is time to act and clean up space
The Earth is surrounded by a cloud of space debris. This material ranges from dead satellites and upper stages of launchers, to fragments of material and even flecks of paint. All this junk could do enormous damage to operational spacecraft.
There are more than 18 thousand objects travelling around earth and each of them are a threat to space travel and satellites.
Methods and ideas for catching or dealing with the junk are being put together. They have been created by specialists in the industry and monitored by the European Space Agency. But more needs to be done. There are signs of danger should any of the pieces fall to earth.
With so many out there anything could happen and lead to a stop in space exploration.
Debris in space needs immediate action not only from Europe but around the world. Loose particles are swirling around in a spiral effect. They end up crashing into each other causing more rubbish.
Experts from around the world will be meeting at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) at Darmstadt in Germany on 18 April (2017). It will be the 7th European Conference on Space Debris.
Delegates will discuss the extent of the debris problem and what can be done. It’s essential to ensure that satellites that provide us with services such as navigation, TV and weather forecasting can operate in the future without the risks.
The video has some great visuals of junk floating in space as well as experts explaining the reason for the big clean up. Also in the video you will see units that are monitoring the growth of garbage in space
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) April 12, 2017
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