Jonathan McDowell, CfA, Astrophysicist with Chandra X-Ray Observatory
It’s been 60 years since the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, and space is getting busier and busier. There are over 1,500 working satellites up there, but there are also over 17,000 known pieces of orbital debris whizzing around at up to 18,000 miles an hour. McDowell will talk about the demographics of the satellite population: who is putting satellites up there, what are they doing, what the space junk is and why there’s so much of it – and what can we do about it?
Space Debris – ESA
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