world of weird things podcast: why space can’t be our trashcan

After decades of exploring space, the orbit around our planet is filled with junk we need to clear as soon as possible. But physics and politics aren’t going to make it easy on us.
space junk disaster

We’ve been launching things into space since the late 1950s, and while the aspirational talk about exploring the final frontier keeps getting louder, we’ve been a lot quieter about the fact that all those rockets left a vast, orbiting field of high-speed trash which poses increasing hazards to future missions. And while we think we know how to clean it up, actually doing it requires negotiating some very thorny politics, and establishing some very new and different priorities.

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

Cleaning Up Space Junk One Piece At A Time?
Why The Crewed Dragon Launch Can Make Our Sci-Fi Dreams Come True
Why NASA May Be Trying To Quietly Put The SLS Out Of Its Misery

Related articles and further reading…

When Too Much Skepticism About Space Exploration Can Be A Bad Thing
Why Space Travel Makes You More Of An Environmentalist
For The Sake Of The Planet, Stop Exploring Space?

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

# podcast // geopolitics / space exploration / space junk


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