One important reason to fund NASA is to deal with the space debris. To prevent the escalation of the problem pertaining to space debris, NASA needs a larger budget. Space debris is a huge problem, and the probability of collisions is set to increase because the amount of space debris is steadily increasing. It is also proven that with the amount of current launches by not only the United States but also other countries, space debris are set to increase (European Space Agency, 2009). Within the last 20 years, space debris has rapidly increased within LEO or low Earth orbit (Gregory). It’s easy for the United States to tell itself that this isn’t a problem or it’s a problem people tend to exaggerate; it’s easy for them to put it off and plan to deal with it later. The reality is that if we continue to push away our problems, they will only get worse. It’s better to deal with this before it escalates out of control.
Most countries on Earth rely on technology for doing everyday tasks, such as predicting the weather and helping citizens of their country get from place to place with GPS, country’s militaries also use GPS to keep their country safe. All of these services require space satellites. With the number of satellites in orbit at 6000 and only increasing, the world can not afford for global communications, navigation, meteorology, or the abundance of other jobs we depend on satellites to do for us to fail (“Space debris environment,” 2009). Since only 800 of these satellites are still operational, the other 5200 plus are now considered space debris. When any one of these satellites collides, more space debris is created (“Space debris environment,” 2009).
NASA realizes that space has reached its “tipping point”; they just don’t have the budget to do much about it. Dr. Donald Kessler, the doctor who first discovered the now Kessler Syndrome, states “The current space environment is growing increasingly hazardous to spacecraft and astronauts” (Peralta,...
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