Space junk: Worse than you think (pictures)
by CNET News.com | November 12, 2012, 7:00pm PST | Image 24 of 24
The debris environment in low Earth orbit is expected to continue to grow over time, even if strict end-of-life disposal measures are followed. Removing large objects from orbit is no easy task. Almost no spacecraft are designed to be physically grappled once they are in orbit, and they may be tumbling or spinning, making them difficult to control. But active debris removal such as this is a first step to cleaning up the environment in space, and maintaining the low Earth orbit as a safe place to do business.
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Think of it as an unintentional Space Safety Barrier
Can't have this as a movie plot though it would all be over within 5min.
Can't we just send up a giant fishing net?
Just set it in a deteriorating orbit
And if we're lucky, the word on the location will get out and all kinds of wackos will assemble within the designated target zone, thnking they can dodge the big pieces!
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