In Space, Nobody Can See You Litter

Rolf Coppens
April 26th 2008


Between the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957 and 1 January 2008, approximately 4600 launches have placed some 6000 satellites into orbit, of which about 400 are travelling beyond geostationary orbit or on interplanetary trajectories.

Today, it is estimated that only 800 satellites are operational - roughly 45 percent of these are both close and far from the eart (Low-Earth Orbit and GEO). Space debris comprise the ever-increasing amount of inactive space hardware in orbit around the Earth as well as fragments of spacecraft that have broken up, exploded or otherwise become abandoned. About 50 percent of all trackable objects are due to in-orbit explosion events (about 200) or collision events (less than 10).

So... I guess millionaires are paying Richard Branson tons of money to go see trash?


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Posted 26/04/2008 – 22:49

Very good! I see the ozone hole is being taken care off. :)
Posted 26/04/2008 – 20:51

Trash is just stuff that is in the wrong place.
I believe it was Alex Steffen who said this.. in this case it seems all to obvious.

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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