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Jah Featured in NPR Short Wave’s SPACE WEEK

Sep 11, 2020 |

Professor Moriba Jah, Program Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program, was recently featured in an episode of NPR Short Wave’s SPACE WEEK series. In it, he briefed listeners on the basics of orbital debris, also known as space junk. After describing the varieties of orbital debris (“everything from upper-stage rocket bodies, completely intact dead satellites, shards of stuff…flecks of paint, bolts, nuts…”) he likened the rapid increase of debris in near earth space to a tragedy of the commons, given the lack of a “holistic management of this finite resource.” He also described the ways in which orbital debris are generated, noting that satellite collisions produce “hundreds of thousands” of pieces of debris upon impact. Listen to the full episode here.

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