Summary of The History of Space Debris

Space Traffic Management Conference, 2014 Conference Agenda


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The History of Space Debris summary
Earth’s orbit, once uncluttered, is now a veritable landmine of man-made objects.


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This short history of space debris offers a comprehensive overview of how man-made objects have accumulated in the Earth’s orbit. Space historian Loretta Hall highlights the dangers of space debris and touches on some of the efforts to prevent further contamination. getAbstract recommends her research to members of the space community and all those with an interest in man-made environmental issues.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What constitutes space debris,
  • How it originated and
  • What dangers it poses.


Since the 1950s, the number of man-made objects orbiting Earth has increased from one to more than 100 million. After the 1957 launch of the first artificial satellite, the US Air Force created a “Space Object Catalog” to track the bigger objects orbiting Earth. It currently monitors in excess of 21...
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About the Author

Loretta Hall is the space ambassador of the National Space Society and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Speakers Bureau.

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