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Space Junk Threatens NASA Satellites And Spacecraft

Space junk threatens NASA Satellites as well as Spacecraft and the International Space Station, ISS.

Space junk threatens NASA Satellites as well as Spacecraft and the International Space Station, ISS.

A new report from the United States National Research Council is claiming that the amount of debris in space orbiting around the Earth is getting to be so great that it is threatening the safety of operational satellites as well as NASA’s spacecraft, and those spacecraft from other countries like Russia.

According to this report, NASA does have programs to clean up the debris, but budgets which are shrinking, and the increasing danger from the debris is limiting these efforts. In fact, concerns over this debris has grown so much with the recent changes in technology that additions have been made to satellites as well as the International Space Station, ISS, to protect them from this floating debris which could collide with them. Sensitive equipment has been moved from exterior surfaces to further inside structures to give them some protection, and even so the astronauts check carefully at the ISS for any damage to their spacecraft before departures and after landings.

There are cases of debris colliding with other pieces of debris, but this just breaks up already existing debris into small pieces, leaving even more to be navigated by satellites and spacecraft.

Researchers connected to this report have recommended a strategic plan be developed and formalized by NASA to prioritize funding and the programs to be used to alleviate the problems. They are also recommending that officials have plans in place to clear out their space debris regularly, and improve tracking of the debris so that if necessary the ISS can use its technology to manoeuvre out of the way  .

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