Space trash is the global problem that you probably haven't heard about but is something that really needs to be addressed.
There are so many issues that we are facing as a population that it's hard to keep track and it feels almost impossible to battle all of them. Global warming, species of animals going extinct, the threat of a third world war. Well, not that we want to pile it on, but there's also the not talked about enough issue of space trash.
When it comes to the issues surrounding what we should do with our ever-increasing piles of garbage, there are a number of ways in which we're trying to counteract the damage we've already done and prevent from adding to it. There are landfills the size of islands out in the oceans made completely of our trash. Yes a great many of us are recycling, but is the damage we have already done irreversible?
Some have suggested simply firing our excess trash off into space. Not only is that a rash and thoughtless thing to even suggest, we've done enough damage to our own planet without firing garbage at others, but there's enough trash up there already. Few people realize that along with a great number of satellites that orbit the Earth, there is also about 16 million pounds of garbage. Things that have come off of spacecraft and been left there by astronauts.
Space is dirty and this satellite could help us clean it up one day pic.twitter.com/Kkr1V7DilM— Mashable (@mashable) September 9, 2018
That's right, there are millions of bits and pieces orbiting the planet right now, and it could soon become a big problem. Scientists believe if more junk is added to our orbit, it could start causing crashes that could bring down satellites, as reported above by Mashable. That's where a robot called RemoveDEBRIS comes in. The spacecraft is currently being tested and will hopefully head into orbit one day to clean up all that trash.
RemoveDEBRIS will use a net and harpoon to catch and gather up the rubbish, and even has a sail attached so that it can return safely to Earth. It sort of sounds like a real-life version of the movie Wall-e if you ask us. Sounds like a good idea, though, and it's nice to see that an issue that may soon affect everyone on Earth is being tackled before it becomes a bigger, irreversible problem.