According to the BBC, “Europe’s biggest, most sophisticated spaceship is about to bring its six-month mission to an end by plunging into the Pacific in a ball of flames.” How sophisticated could it be? – they have to crash it to get it out of space.
I have blogged previously about how much space junk there is. The fact that I am doing it again must almost officially make me a nerd. Still, check out the photos at the previous post. There is A LOT of rubbish in space, but I have the solution.
Whenever astronauts are caught littering in space, they are sent out for a moonwalk in their lunch hour. They have to pick up 10 pieces of space rubbish before the bell rings to go back into the spaceship, just like in primary school.
But seriously, not only is this ‘freighter’ spaceship rubbish, they are filling it with rubbish before they send it back to Earth. I know it is only a tiny, tiny amount of pollution, but this is exactly the sort of attitude to the environment that has screwed up the planet. Somewhere down the track, we will be hating ourselves for being so casual about dumping rubbish so casually in space, the same way we’re hating ourselves now for all the dumb planet-trashing stuff we’ve done over the past 200 years.