The Kessler Syndrome:
Space junk particles collide along the path of their orbit creating more debris, thus, causing more harm to satellites & rockets.
How Bloody Outrageous !!! Who should be held accountable ? China ? America ? Russia ? UK ? Japan ? India ? Luxemburg ? Elon Musk ?
Is it not disgraceful enough that us humans are destroying our planet with junk, waste and overuse of our resources, that we, in the name of science and technology, are destroying the space around our planet too, suffocating it with millions of space junk particles, which pose a great risk of damaging vital satellite equipment and our international space station.
Why are those countries responsible for placing things in space not being held accountable for removing these items ?
The NASA Orbital Debris Space Program Office lists some of these objects to be samples of:
- Derelict (abandoned) spacecraft
- Stages of launch vehicles
- Solid rocket motor effluents
- Frozen Coolants
- Dust and paint particles
- Nuts, bolts and screws
- Broken bits of metals
- Lens caps, screwdrivers and garbage bags
There is an estimated 170 million bits of junk in space and 5774 satellites that are currently orbiting the earth, with only 2666 of those satellites operational and an Elon Musk Red Tesla Roadster. With these smaller objects ranging in size from 1-2 millimetres to 4 inches and travelling around the Earth at over 27,359 km per hour, these fragments acting like stray bullets, making collisions inevitable. A tiny fleck of paint can deliver an impact punch, equivalent to a 550 pound object moving at 97 km per hour.
There have already been two collisions between satellites in 1996 and 2009 and then without consequence, China took it upon themselves in 2007 to stage an anti-sat weapon test that used a missile to destroy an old weather satellite, which added over 3,000 pieces of space junk debris into orbit. Objects orbiting below 600 km can be there for several years before re-entering into the Earth’s atmosphere. Objects above 1,000 km can stay in orbit for centuries.
The United Nations set up The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) 1959 to govern the exploration and peaceful use of space to benefit of all humanity, which created five treaties, five principles and two committees, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, and the Legal Subcommittee, so why are these establishments not doing their best to control and prosecute these countries and governments for their part in adding to the accumulation of ‘space junk‘ that is chocking our planets orbits ?