HOUSTON – The prestigious, international Committee On Debris In Space (CODIS) has just issued a new report that has climate change and global warming advocates breathing much easier. The research shows that, at the current rate of space exploration, the amount of space junk circling the Earth will soon reach a point where it will stop the climate change that is now taking place on the planet.
There are currently more than 23,000 bits and pieces of space debris that are in orbit around Earth, and the numbers grow with every new launch of a vehicle into space.
These human-induced items that have become orbiting space junk may be as small as a fingernail or larger than a minivan. They comprise things like used rocket parts, space stations that have spun out of control, dysfunctional satellites and even tools dropped by astronauts.
This ring of orbital trash circles the earth at roughly 10 times faster than a high-velocity rifle bullet and can stay up there for hundreds of years, creating the potential for collisions in space and making space exploration more dangerous as every year goes by. Self-introduced hazards however have never stopped humankind from heedlessly pressing ahead in the name of science, when it comes to any new venture.
And, according to the experts, it’s not all bad news. Once the circle of space junk around the planet gets thick enough, it will block out the sun, thus eliminating global warming and climate change. So, a big problem solved!
This news was so encouraging that, in the spirit of making lemonade when one is stuck with lemons, CODIS has titled the space-junk report: “Earth’s Silver Lining” Source: FNT Staff