With every attempt to explore more about space, more machines have ended up cluttering the atmosphere which then lead to an increased risk of collision for future space exploration (Ibid). Due to normal space operations there are hundreds of thousands of pieces of space debris floating in the atmosphere (Ibid). There have been two examples of space debris falling to Earth in recent history (Lovell 43). A 10-kilogram piece of a rocket belonging to the third stage of a Russian rocket crashed in an inhabited area of Finland (Ibid). Furthermore, there is also the time when the red-hot piece of Sputnik IV crashed in Wisconsin (Ibid).
He begins speaking about the disastrous occasion that was Apollo 1. Three astronauts were killed as a result of a cabin fire in 1967, but NASA has never experienced a calamity like this before. He mourns their loss, but also raises up their names in praise. “Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But we’ve never lost an astronaut in flight; we’ve never had a tragedy like this.
The exploration of space, while the seeming pinnacle of human exploration, has been shown to be quite dangerous. From the explosion of the Challenger to the cinematic portrayals of endless possible incidents, there are few things more hazardous than braving the infamous “Final Frontier.” Because of the danger posed by space exploration, there must exist a code to follow to ensure a desired balance between safety and progress. Tom Godwin’s Cold Equations has been described as “the best SF short story ever written, it is a virtuoso performance, a story set in a future so distant and different that we can only glimpse it in mysterious reflections and intriguing images” (qtd. Benford 217). First published in 1954, the beginning of the Space
What is the life out of earth? What is the mystery in Space? Where do the dead people go? If God exists what is the nature of God? The author of Life On Mars, Tracy K. Smith celebrates this confusing and puzzled relationship of human existence with the universe.
1.2.1 Space Debris Mitigation Mitigation measures ranges from reducing the current growth of space debris by implementing operation procedures such as choosing orbits with less risk of collision with debris. The combustion product of solid rocket motors (SRM) represents a particular category of debris and The most serious non-fragmentation debris source. Solid rocket motors are often used in upper stages, or directly integrated into some satellites to perform an orbital transfer between the Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) and Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO). Figure 1.4 Technologies for Space Debris
A tragic example of this danger is the space shuttle Columbia, which broke apart and killed all seven astronauts on it (Howell). These people would still be alive if it wasn’t for the Space Race. Our government shouldn’t have spent so much money on the Space Race, especially considering that it killed a group of people. NASA is fully aware of the dangers of space and sending men into it, but they continue to do it for the sake of research (Abadie). Our government is meant to protect us yet has paid for men to be sent out into an unsafe environment and even be killed.