Thursday, September 10, 2009

Space Junk Averted Again

Space junk is becoming more and more of a problem these days. Littered areas of low Earth orbit put multi-million dollar satellites and even more important crafts like the Space Shuttle at risk. This time the astronauts had to fire the engines to miss the debris.

I'm not exactly sure what, if anything, is being done to address this problem. But as astronauts accidentily, if not clumsily, lose things like tools or if rockets continue to shed miscellaneous pieces into the sky, then this problem will continue grow. Where is the space magnet to vacuum (pun intended) up all this debris when you want it?

Space Shuttle Discovery Fires Engines to Dodge Debris

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