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Sky Static: The Space Debris Crisis [Anthony Milne, 2002] (hardcover)
978-0275977498
Anthony Milne
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200 pgs, 2002, Greenwood
ISBN 978-0275977498

This book looks at orbiting space debris and the continued threat it represents to both space missions and the planet. 

Milne provides the first synthesis of the interdisciplinary work of the scientific community, which has been investigating how the satellite industry can be protected from manmade and natural space hazards. Space junk crashing into Earth is a real and escalating danger. Milne provides the first synthesis of the interdisciplinary work of the scientific community, which has been investigating how the satellite industry can be protected from manmade and natural space hazards. The result is an invaluable book for those concerned with space missions and space disasters, those worried about cosmic radiation and its effects on humans, members of the Spaceguard defense movement, and anyone concerned with defense and international cooperation efforts in general. Tens of millions of objects may exist in space, ranging in size from grains of sand to entire rocket boosters. Many fireballs seen in the skies, often thought to be UFOs, are in fact manmade debris. Plutonium and other highly toxic fuels from failed Russian craft have already contaminated inhabited areas of Central Asia. Natural hazards such as comet particles can travel at 100 times the speed of a bullet and can severely damage satellites. There is also the danger of spaceweather effects, such as cosmic rays, that could interfere with a spacecraft's electronics and interrupt the global transmission of telephones and television.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. The Mir Fireball
    2. Hazardous Space Missions
    3. Man-made Missiles from Space
    4. Toxic Rain from Space
    5. The Moondust Project
    6. The Junkyard in Space
    7. Space Debris: The Data Problem
    8. The Space Invaders
    9. The Space Weather Threat
    10. Protect Our Spacecraft
    11. Defend the Earth
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