Space Debris

by Ankur Gupta, Eldorado High Sch, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV


Space exploration has introduced many positive aspects, but there is also a growing problem. From huge rockets to tiny flakes of paint, space debris is cluttering a major area above the earth. Space debris is dangerous enough to punch holes in entire space craft, but too small to detect and dodge. Space debris grows at a steady rate every year and poses the danger of almost totally cluttering the area 240 to 480 miles from the Earth. There already has been a few accidents involving space debris and the problem needs immediate attention. Solutions have been introduced concentrating on either the detection of space debris or the removal of space debris altogether.

Subject Headings: Space exploration | Debris | Aircraft and spacecraft | Accidents | Planets | Flight

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