Has Space Junk Gotten To The Tipping Point

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(BBC) – It’s the middle of the night and NASA awakens the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with an emergency alert.  Six astronauts scramble feverishly to make it to escape pods after being alerted that space junk is on course to hit the ISS station.  This wasn’t a hoax or joke; this has happened several times in the last couple of years, the last time occurring on March 24, 2012.  On that event, the debris passed within 7.5 miles of ISS.

Debris piling up so fast around Earth that it could seriously damage spacecraft and satellites, that it has reached the tipping point. Now the question is how to get rid of the debris?

To read the full report on “Space Junk: Why It Is Time To Clean Up The Skies” from the BBC, click here.