Space Junk is a Problem — Woz to the Rescue? - The Cosmic Companion 16 September 2021

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may have just gone into business cleaning up debris in space. What do we know so far?

Space junk is starting to become a serious problem in space — could Steve Wozniak have the solution?

Not long ago, only the Soviet Union and the United States had the capability to reach into the final frontier. Debris left behind in space by the Cold War adversaries was fairly rare, presenting a dangerous, if unlikely, risk for satellites and crewed missions.

This is no longer the case. As networks of satellites and multiple nations stretch humanity past the confines of Earth, space junk is becoming a serious issue.

In 1979, Andy Griffith starred in Salvage 1, a TV mini-series about Harry Broderick, a junkman who builds a homemade spacecraft to head to the Moon, collecting debris, bringing it back to Earth for resale. This show may have been far more prescient than creators ever could have imagined.

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