Kessler Syndrome: What happens when satellites collide?

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Kessler Syndrome: What happens when satellites collide?


  Last updated November 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm


Of all the man-made satellites in Low Earth Orbit, 95% are space junk – rocket thrusters, derelict satellites, and most of all, fragments of debris from collisions and explosions. All this debris poses a potential threat to the future of space travel if we don’t find a way to clean it up before it’s too late.

Kessler Syndrome, the threat of cascading orbital debris fallout, an environmental crisis that’s almost completely invisible to us, but which may carry dire consequences for our infrastructure and the future of spaceflight if left unchecked.

SCINEMA 2019 Festival Entry.

Teach This: Kessler Syndrome: What Happens When Satellites Collide? Education Resource

Directed and written by Asher Isbrucker.

Founded in 2000, SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the Southern Hemisphere celebrating the power of moving image to explain the wonders of science.

It combines SCINEMA International Science Film Festival and SCINEMA Community Program.

The Festival premieres across Australia in June each year and showcases the best science film from around the world.

SCINEMA Community Program takes place in Australia during National Science Week in August.

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