The Forecast on Space Junk It is a wonder to marvel about how much debris man has created over the

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The Forecast on Space Junk It is a wonder to marvel about how much debris man has created over the span of approximately 50 years. Sadly, this is nothing new on our planet. However, little is known, or at least in regards to public awareness, about the celestial landfill that man has created since the early days of the Space Race involving the Russian launching of Sputnik. Ever since then, the repercussions of the US versus Russia mechanized frenzy have snowballed into an estimated 6,600 satellites being launched, in addition to 1,000 that are still active now. According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth- just hundreds of miles above us. Space junk-which is also known by the…show more content…
Donald Kessler foretold an Apocalyptic-like event that would happen when two objects impact one another. As NASA’s chief scientist for orbital debris studies, he explained that the collision would create a massive debris cloud which is also traveling at thousands of miles an hour. Anything from stray solar panels to a small screw could destroy another spacecraft in contact with the same path. That debris would then hit other objects in orbit, which creates more debris and soon, will create a chain reaction. Therefore, the Kessler Syndrome was born in 1978. The Kessler Syndrome was seen in several occurrences; in 1996, a French satellite was struck by debris from a French rocket that had exploded a decade earlier, damaging it permanently. In like manner, on February 10, 2009, an inoperative Russian satellite conflicted with and demolished a functioning American Iridium commercial satellite. The collision added more than 2,000 pieces of trackable debris to the catalog of space junk. China's 2007 anti-satellite test, which used a missile to destroy an old weather satellite, added more than 3,000 pieces to the debris problem (NASA, 2012). If enough objects collided in orbit, this would cast untold doom for all orbital operations; this domino effect of collision wouldn’t just stint all space operations under way,

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