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04/16/2008 10:48 AM ID: 70041 Permalink   

Space: The Final Rubbish Dump

 

Those in the space industry call it 'orbital debris', to the rest of us it's 'space junk' and new computer generated images show how it's gradually beginning to fill the space around our planet.

Everything which is launched from Earth now has to negotiate a path through the swirling mass of junk, some moving at thousands of miles per hour. Even the smallest piece of junk moving at 10,000 mph could dent the International Space Station

The danger exists for astronauts too, they could be killed instantly by a stray nut or bolt in orbit. The junk consists of derelict spacecraft, old satellites, bits of metal, lost tools, human waste and solid rocket fuel. NASA tracks much of it.

 
  Source: www.dailymail.co.uk  
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  Hmm  
 
Being hit by frozen human waste would be a pretty ordinary way to go.
 
  by: ixuzus     04/16/2008 11:01 AM     
  I kinda like this story  
 
For some reason it makes me think about any other intelligent life in the galaxy sitting and laughing at us. The human race has been consistently destroying the planet and killing each other for hundreds of years. Anyone looking down on Earth from above must see a species who have space weapons, all pointed downward, a giant rubbish island floating around our oceans and now, have proceeded to dump rubbish all the way round the planet as well.

Imagine finding another intelligent species like our own.... lol.
 
  by: Maxx20     04/16/2008 11:14 AM     
  It is luck  
 
yet this newer happend before.
 
  by: vizhatlan     04/16/2008 12:51 PM     
  I like that maxx  
 
some Aliens observing us while we destroy our planet. And when we are ready to escape all our survival ships will be hit by crap.
 
  by: Z of Germany   04/16/2008 01:52 PM     
  This might be the cure  
 
for global warming. If we get enough junk up there, it will start reflecting back the sun's rays so not as much energy hits the earth.
 
  by: furbox   04/16/2008 03:50 PM     
  @furbox  
 
Believe it or not, that has been seriously suggested by a number of scientists.
 
  by: ixuzus     04/16/2008 03:55 PM     
  well  
 
space junk around our orbit. i suggested back in high school to a science professor , about sending the worst garbage this planet has made. like nuke waste, chem//bio waste and loading a large rocket. this rocket would literally fly into the sun. it will melt into the sun and how could it damage the sun, if at all? i hope that is the future. all garbage is to be massively piled into a over sized rocket ship and scuttled into the sun.
 
  by: DRK   04/16/2008 04:56 PM     
  @furbox  
 
It's already happening, called global dimming. The main culprit seems to be soot particles from burning petroleum products that are too small to allow water droplets large enough to fall back to earth. Instead, they stay in the atmosphere, creating a thin, reflective film that reflects sunlight.

http://en.wikipedia.org/...
 
  by: caution2     04/16/2008 09:02 PM     
  E.T. This  
 
No Alien invaders are landing on this baby, this one is protected by supersonic flying frozen human waste.
 
  by: kmazzawi     04/17/2008 04:08 PM     
  lol this reminds me...  
 
of the Futurama episode A Big Piece of Garbage.

So if you have no idea who or what i'm talking about heres a link
http://en.wikipedia.org/...
 
  by: okcfaye   04/17/2008 10:09 PM     
  Hmmm  
 
I thought NASA and/or the ESU were working on materials and collection methods to get rid of the debris?

@DRK
Back when cloning was starting to come out into mainstream publicity and science, I was in grade school (Grade 6 I think) and I did a report+presentation on how cloning could ideally save endangered species.

Sadly, I was completely mocked (including by the teacher at the time), and called a test tube baby.

Who's laughing now?!?
 
  by: Jediman3     04/17/2008 11:53 PM     
  Well atleast there's...space  
 
sorry.. :)
...*reading article*. Well not if it surrounds the earth. Damn.
 
  by: Kaleid   04/18/2008 06:04 AM     
  Just chuck it out the window...  
 
It works for cigarette butts, fast food containers and drink bottles. Also for nuclear waste, toxic chemicals and biohazards.
We really haven't learnt a thing have we?
 
  by: grumpy ray     04/18/2008 12:28 PM     
 
 
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