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27 June 2017


Debris hurtling through now a major problem

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It seems that everywhere people go, trash is left behind. Space, it turns out, is no exception, as recent reports point to a growing problem with dangerous manmade bits orbiting the Earth at extremely high speeds.

Axar.az reports that during a conference in Darmstadt, Germany, a representative from the European Space Agency (ESA) sounded the alarm over the increasing danger of orbiting space trash. The amount of debris is said to have doubled in the last 25 years.

Speaking at the seventh European Conference on Space Debris, ESA director of operations Rolf Densing pointedly documented the urgency of the problem of orbiting space debris, stating, "We are very much concerned. This problem can only be solved globally."

Holger Krag, of ESA's space debris office, was more specific.

"Today, we find in space roughly 5,000 objects with sizes larger than 1 meter [3.25 feet]," he said, adding that there are, "roughly 20,000 objects with sizes over 10 centimeters, and 750,000 'flying bullets' of around one centimeter."

"For objects larger than one millimeter, 150 million is our model estimate for that," he said.

The four-day conference, bringing together aerospace experts from around the globe, will feature brainstorming sessions on how to eliminate dangerous orbiting debris, including the introduction of protocols to "de-orbit" satellites when their working lives are complete, according to Phys.org.

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