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Last by Evie on Oct 30, 2010, 2:45pm
You may be asking yourself what is this space junk I speak of, and why am I bothering you with this.. Well, I am glad you asked!
Space Junk is pretty much anything that is left over, discarded, or no longer functioning, that happens to orbit our little globe here.
It can be debris from a space collision, left over parts from rockets, satellites, launch vehicles. Any object that is left adrift, floating in space in our immediate vicinity.
As you may be aware, the growing problem of space junk is becoming more real with every new launch that occurs.
You see, every single satellite system, shuttle mission, or top secret government experiment that is launched into space, requires (at this point) rockets to get there.
As they ascend and maneuver themselves into their target position, they shed large amounts of solid components that have served their purpose, and are no longer required. These can be burned out motor cases, or smaller connecting rings that held the separate stages of the rockets together, or even nuts and bolts that have been ejected.
These shed components, they don’t go anywhere.. they just hang out in orbit for a really really long time, till they eventually come crashing down to Earth. Usually burning up and dis . . . More