Space Debris Threat

Space debris, including defunct satellites and rocket parts, poses a significant threat to Earth’s defenses by potentially disrupting the ionosphere and magnetosphere—critical layers that protect the planet from solar radiation and cosmic rays. As satellite numbers are projected to reach 100,000 in the coming years due to increased launches by commercial entities, the risks associated with space debris are escalating. This debris, composed of metallic materials like aluminum, could interfere with Earth’s magnetic field and atmospheric functions, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive research and strategic management to mitigate these impacts.

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