25 October 2012
With the ever-growing issue of “space junk” circulating Earth’s vicinity, the United States Air Force is looking to rebuild a fence around the earth. While it may seem straight out of a Hollywood film, the increasing pile of debris left behind from rockets and satellite parts zooming around the earth’s orbit at thousands of miles per hour is a very serious concern.
Currently, the military is tracking about 20,000 pieces of “space junk,” or orbital debris, ranging from the size of a softball to the size of a bus! All debris, regardless of size, are a danger to manned space flights such as the International Space Station and unmanned operations such as the hundreds of satellites that bring us television, run GPS and carry cellular service.