4/15/2005

Space Junk

I saw on T.V. the other night that some people are planning to go in to space and salvage all the “space junk” that is orbiting around the earth and recycle it. They say there are massive amounts of junk flying around earth from discarded shuttle parts to abandoned satellites. They are also talking about dismantling the international space station. This leads me to wonder, we have trashed the earth, are we destined to trash every place we go. If we establish a base on the moon will they have to plan for a land fill there too?

4 comments:

sam said...

I think that this is a big issue. I for one do not recycle. I put my garbage in a waste basket and call it good. The reason is I don't want to pay for the extra service. If there were a recycle bin that was just as convienent as my garbage can I would definitely use it.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Rex's post for a spelling error.

Wow, does this seem like a bad idea. I can't see any possible way this could make money unless you could convince the government to pay you to go clean up a limitless, lifeless, vacuum, from which everything is burned up if it tries to escape.

Jordan said...

Dr. Tufte said:

"Wow, does this seem like a bad idea. I can't see any possible way this could make money unless you could convince the government to pay you to go clean up a limitless, lifeless, vacuum, from which everything is burned up if it tries to escape."

These are my sentiments exactly. What's more: what could possibly be the benefit of undertaking such an expensive mission? Space debris isn't hurting me.

Dr. Tufte said...

Well ... this isn't without benefits. All that junk has to be tracked to keep it from running into expensive satellites.