Space Junk! (And Space Wars?)
Is space a battlefront, a garbage dump, or both?
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Over the weekend, Russia tested a new weapon—a type of missile that can fly into space and destroy a satellite in orbit.
The test created thousands of pieces of debris, which will hurtle around the Earth’s orbit for years to come. What’s the real risk of the rapid increase in space junk? And is there anything to be done about it?
Laura Grego, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MIT