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June theme report ( Space environment and pollution)

by Aysara Nuratdinova | 07-06-2023 16:05 recommendations 1

Causes of Space Contamination and Promising Solutions for a Cleaner Cosmos

As humanity ventures further into space exploration, the issue of space contamination has increased attention. The presence of debris, pollutants, and other forms of waste in space poses critical challenges to our current state and future endeavors. This article aims to shed light on the harmful effects of space contamination and explore innovative solutions that can ensure a cleaner and safer space environment for all.

Space contamination poses significant risks to the functioning of vital space infrastructure. The accumulation of space debris, such as defunct satellites, spent rocket stages, and fragments from previous missions, increases the likelihood of collisions. These collisions can severely damage operational satellites and spacecraft, disrupting communication systems, weather forecasting capabilities, and navigation accuracy. For instance, in 2009, an active satellite collided with a defunct Russian satellite, generating thousands of additional debris fragments and highlighting the urgent need for space debris mitigation.

The presence of pollutants and hazardous materials in space environments also poses risks to astronaut safety and health. The confined spaces within spacecraft can trap harmful gases and chemicals, leading to poor air quality and potential health complications. Moreover, prolonged exposure to radiation, originating from nuclear tests or other sources, can have long-term health consequences for astronauts. Efforts are underway to develop advanced life support systems and spacecraft designs that mitigate these risks and safeguard the well-being of future space travelers.

Space contamination has far-reaching consequences for our environment and the sustainability of space exploration. Debris reentering Earth's atmosphere can pose hazards to both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The fragments can damage structures, harm wildlife, and potentially endanger human lives. Furthermore, the increasing presence of space debris makes it challenging to launch new missions, as the risk of collision during the launch and operation phases rises. This emphasizes the need for sustainable space practices and responsible disposal of space assets.

Solutions for a Cleaner Space Environment

To combat the issue of space contamination, innovative solutions are being pursued. One such solution is the development of technologies to track, monitor, and remove space debris. Examples include net-based systems, robotic arms, and laser-based techniques that can capture and deorbit debris. Additionally, designing spacecraft and satellites with built-in mechanisms for controlled reentry into Earth's atmosphere can prevent the accumulation of defunct space assets. International collaboration and adherence to guidelines and best practices are crucial for mitigating space contamination effectively.

Space contamination is a pressing concern that threatens space infrastructure, astronaut safety, and environmental sustainability. However, by leveraging technological advancements and fostering global cooperation, we can address this challenge and pave the way for a cleaner and safer space environment. It is essential that we prioritize responsible space practices, invest in research and development, and educate future generations about the importance of preserving the pristine nature of outer space. By taking action now, we can ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for space exploration and the continued advancement of our civilization.
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Yewon Mentor

  • Yewon Mentor says :
    Hello Aysara! This is your mentor Yewon.

    Before I start, I apologize for the late comment.

    In this report, you have written about the space environment and pollution for June thematic report!
    You have included several important topics related to the theme of this month, and your report is so well-organized!
    Especially I was interested in the possible solutions you introduced in the report, which includes net-based system, robotic arms, and laser-based techniques! Hopefully, more technologies would be developed so that we could combat space pollution and make clean space!

    Thank you for your great report! Good job!
    Posted 04-07-2023 16:13

James Mentor

  • James Mentor says :
    Hello Aysara! This is your mentor James.

    In this report, you've explained the main causes of space pollution and its calamitous consequences. Among the results of constant debris accumulation, I think the increased risk of collisions during future missions and expeditions is the most detrimental effect. As you've mentioned, presently operational satellites may also collide with the fragments, which would harass its functions of information transmittance.

    Thank you for your fantastic work! Let's keep it up with your next report as well.
    Posted 28-06-2023 16:34

Muhammad Asif  Khan

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