We humans, it seems, like to leave a messy trail wherever we go—whether it’s our oceans, our cities, and, yes, even our outer space. Several hundred Plastic bottles and other plastic pollution covers the shoreline where Pennypack Creek empties into the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia, PA. (AP Photo/Jonathan Elderfield) 4 | Research-Technology Management Perspectives thousand pieces of space junk are hurtling around Earth today at phenomenal speeds. Those numbers could rise sharply as the commercial space economy continues to expand. In such a cluttered orbit, however, the potential for collisions can grow only worse, posing a serious threat not only to working satellites but, even more alarming, to manned spacecraft.
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Volume 63, Issue 3, May-June 2020
News and Analysis from the Global Innovation Scene