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Get Ready for the “Kessler Syndrome” to Wreck Outer Space

Space junk in orbit is looking to become our next ecological mess

Illustration of a satellite breaking up, via the European Space Agency

Back in 1978, the astrophysicist Donald Kessler made an alarming prediction: Space junk could wreck our ability to keep satellites aloft.

In a fascinating paper, Kessler noted that “low earth orbit” — a region between 99 miles and…

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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”

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