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  • U.N. presses for space-debris control
    Posted by Robert Wall 11:50 AM on Feb 13, 2009

    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is urging members to comply with the space debris mitigation guidelines adopted by the international body in 2007.

    Mazlan Othman, the head of the U.N. office stresses that “the  prompt  implementation  of appropriate  space  debris  mitigation  measures  is  in  humanity’s common interest,  particularly  if  we are to preserve the outer space environment for future generations”.

    The U.N. is trying to build momentum after the February 10 collision of Russia’s inactive Cosmos 2251 spacecraft with the Iridium 33 communications payload. The U.N. says “the collision created a cloud of nearly 700 pieces of space debris.”

    The space debris mitigation movement passed the guidelines in 2007, building on momentum from China’s anti-satellite test that year.

    Tags: os99, debris, Iridium, UN

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