It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
NASA tracks 17,000 objects larger than 4 inches across in orbit above the Earth every day. Only 7 percent of the objects tracked are currently active satellites.
Originally posted by memedoug
I always knew there was a lot of stuff out there but I never realized what an issue it is until just now. The image comparing the amount of space junk year by year got me. Why wasn't some sort of a solution been thought of before now. And even now why isn't there a way to reduce all this junk? Is there some sort of netting that we could use that is strong enough to catch all this like fishermen?
NASA scientists regularly track pieces of space debris larger than 4 inches across in order to avoid potentially destructive collisions. Radar systems track these larger pieces of space junk to alert space station operators and satellite controllers to any threats.
"Collision with these particles can cause serious damage or catastrophic failure to spacecraft or satellites and is a life-threatening risk to astronauts conducting extra-vehicular activities in space," NASA officials from the agency's Johnson Space Center wrote on the White Sands Test Facility website.