Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

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Host
  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Charles F. Bolden
    Former Administrator of NASA
  • Stewart M. Patrick
    James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
  • Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson
    Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command

Show Notes

We often envision space as a dark, empty void. But in recent decades, Earth’s orbital zone has become crowded and dangerous. One factor is the proliferation of satellites, many of them privately owned. Another is space junk, or the growing mass of debris left behind when satellites break up or are shot down. Some experts say that, without new rules of the road, space junk—and the militarization of space—could lead to catastrophe. 

 

From CFR

 

The Danger of Space Debris,” Micah Zenko

 

Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness,” Steven J. Markovich and Andrew Chatzky

 

Read More

 

The Right Way to Achieve Security in Space,” Foreign Affairs

 

Space Threat Assessment 2019, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

 

Space war is coming—and the U.S. is not ready,” Politico

 

Is there anything we can do to tackle space debris?,” MIT Technology Review

 

Meet the Space Custodians: Debris Cleanup Plans Emerge,” Space.com

 

The Danger of Space Junk,” Atlantic

 

Watch and Listen

 

Space Junk Around Earth,” DCODE by Discovery

 

End of Space–Creating a Prison for Humanity,” Kurzgesagt

 

This 19-year-old can keep astronauts safe from space junk,” Vox 

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