Space junk: Worse than you think (pictures)
by CNET News.com | November 12, 2012, 7:00pm PST | Image 5 of 24
There are many sources of debris. One source is discarded hardware. Launch vehicle upper stages have been left in orbit after they are spent. Satellites are abandoned at the end of useful life, while spacecraft and mission operations have released items such as separation bolts, lens caps, momentum flywheels, nuclear reactor cores, clamp bands, auxiliary motors, launch vehicle fairings, and adapter shrouds.
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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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