ramblings from the noisedoctor

September 15, 2006

adopt an orbit

Filed under: space — noisedoctor @ 9:05 am

This week’s space walkers at the International Space Station accidentally contributed a few items of “space junk” when a few spare bolts were dropped. This sort of orbiting debrit is dangerous to the station, space walkers, and space craft.

NASA and the air force now track 9,925 items in orbit over 4” in size, but there are over 90,000 smaller items out there. Oh, yeah, and all this stuff is moving at 15,000 mph. It must look like some of our roads around here–littered with trash.

Guess we’ll someday need to have folks adopt parts of Earth orbit, huh?

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