Space Junk

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 4:16 pm (UTC+0)
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This computer generated graphic provided by NASA shows objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked.  Space junk has made such a mess of Earth's orbit that experts say we may need to finally think about cleaning it up. (AP)

This computer generated graphic provided by NASA shows images of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Space junk has made such a mess of Earth’s orbit that experts say we may need to finally think about cleaning it up. That may mean vacuuming up debris with weird space technology _ cosmic versions of nets, magnets and giant umbrellas, according to the chairman of an expert panel that issued a new report on the problem Thursday. (AP Photo/NASA)

Dora Mekouar
Dora Mekouar, a long-time Washington-area writer and journalist, is the editor and curator of VOA's All About America blog.

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