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Kessler syndrome and the problem of space junk

In the late 1970s, Don Kessler, an astrophysicist working for NASA, predicted that leftover parts of satellites in the earth’s orbit might one day collide, causing a ripple effect that might destroy everything in the earth’s near orbit. Nowadays the International Space Station (ISS) makes regular collision avoidance maneuvers, and it seems Kessler’s theory, now known as ‘Kessler’s Syndrome’ is slowly coming true. We’re joined by Don Kessler today, to discuss the problem of ‘space junk’ and the burgeoning industry that promises to resolve it. (Photo: Flickr/Zanpei)

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