Earth’s space junk could form Saturn-like rings

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Our space junk might become decorative.

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So says Jake Abbott, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Utah, who says all of the space debris orbiting Earth could eventually create a Saturn-like display of rings.

“Earth is on course to have its own rings,” Abbott told The Salt Lake Tribune this month. “They’ll just be made of junk.”

Abbott and other researchers are working on a solution, which they recently released in a report in the journal Nature .

NASA said about six months ago that there are approximately 100 million pieces of debris larger than a millimeter orbiting the earth. Many of the pieces are large.

Most space junk burns up in the atmosphere before getting to earth.

Abbott and his team have proposed using magnets (he likened it to a tractor beam) to clean up some of the space junk.


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