Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PLN 13

"Space Junk Mess Getting Messier in Orbit" from Yahoo!

This article talks about how a Chinese rocket and a European Space Agency's spacecraft nearly collided with each other last month (January 2010). Both of the objects were only 160 feet apart, and nearly crashed into one another. If the two space objects had impacted, then there would be more problems and clutter in the orbit area around Earth in space. To avoid such collisions, NASA plans on putting Tracking and Data Relay Satellites into space. This is important to our society today because as technology grows, so does the demand for satellites to put service into radios, televisions, and even phones which are used widely on a day-to-day basis. This is important to people because as space collisions occur, more problems are being made. Space collisions costs money, time, and create a disaster in our solar system which can come back to haunt us long term.

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