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  1. #1 could space travel be endanger? 
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    Space debris is trash, junk or garbage. It includes derelict spacecraft, pieces of launch vehicles, remains from explosions, rocket motors, bolts, defunct satellites and fragments from any of the above.

    Little pieces can mean big problems in space. They travel 30 times faster than a commercial jet aircraft. A fragment as small as 1 centimeter can significantly damage an operational satellite in orbit.

    Since debris can stay in orbit for decades, it accumulates around Earth in what could be likened to a space mine field. There are currently 150 million pieces of orbital debris at all altitudes in space, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Satellites provide many services to those on land, including television, cell phone and GPS signals, weather forecasting, global environment monitoring, and views of our solar system. Damage can result in loss of signals and valuable information.
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    if this contenues could one day space travel be impossable?


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    If it doesn;t get cleaned up it will but I'm sure that it will be a very very long time before that happens. I think usually after a few years they just disintegrate on reentry. We'll have to wait a few decades or more before it becomes a real problem. Remember the planet Earth is a very very large place compared to all this debris floating around it.


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    i don't really think its a problem, its like sprinkling a few thousand cars around the planet and having them drive around. what are your odds of getting hit by one? especially when you know where all of them are at any given time
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    You could always send large electromagnets into orbit to collect the metallic debris and place them in safer locations where their rate af fall ensures their total destruction on re-entry.
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    ya but thats not a few cars this is like 3000 itty bitty peaces of a ship that we dont know were all of them are at and its a decent probability that it would hit something i mean immagin if we got enuf money to sent a space ship to mars with people on it and it got hit by a itty bitty peace of debri and the entire mission would be ruined.
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    Make a wire mesh collecting net that is eloctromagnetically charged to collect the debri in one fell swoop instead of individually.
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    nentendo you make it sound so easy wouldent the big floting space grid be a lil worse then what we started out with???
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    even a few thousand bullets flying around the earth have a very low chance of hitting you, methinks this stuff has to reenter the atmosphere sometime anyways, so space travel wouldent be impossible, just harder for some years

    not saying that's acceptable, just that its not that big a problem and the alternative, not putting things in orbit that could break up (namely... everything) would be a lot worse
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