Space Junk Research Paper

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Space Junk is like a bullet. It is like a bullet because of it’s speed and velocity from being in the earth’s orbit. Space Junk is caused by collisions of really fast space junk hitting other space junk. Research shows that space junk is dangerous and can cause satellites to be put out of commission and also makes Earth’s orbit more dangerous. Some causes of space junk are human activity, and Space Junk Collisions. A major cause for space junk is human activity. One thing that supports this would be that after the Chinese blew up their own satellite with a missile it made space junk a lot worse. Evidence: In an article from NASA they explain that “China's 2007 anti-satellite test, which used a missile to destroy an old weather satellite, added…show more content…
The problem with this is that it makes it even harder to get rid of space junk because its size and mass don’t matter and velocity does. Another thing that supports this is that space junk is extremely dangerous to satellites. This is supported by Mark Williamson’s Article in which he explains that “ Although the expected maximum collision velocity in geostationary orbit (GEO) is understood to be only a fraction of that in LEO – around 800m/s – it’s quite sufficient to cause significant damage to any satellites on the receiving end. “. This means that space junk is dangerous to satellites because of its velocity. The problem with this is that it makes it so operating satellites are in…show more content…
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