Space Program: Space Debris a Potential Threat to Space Station and Shuttle : Report to the Chairman, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives

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Page 9 - Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the Administrator said that he was not ready to recommend a long-range implementation plan for the agency.
Page 2 - HC A03/MF A01; also available from GAO. Gaithersburg, MD HC first five copies free, additional copies $2.00 Experts estimate that more than 3.5 million man-made objects are orbiting the earth. These objects - space debris - include whole and fragmentary parts of rocket bodies and other discarded equipment from space missions. About 24,500 of these objects are 1 centimeter across or larger. A 1 -centimeter man-made object travels in orbit at roughly 22,000 miles per hour.
Page 10 - Surface erosion Possibly serious damage Bowling ball at 60 mph (88 ft/sec) 1 cm aluminum sphere at 10 km/sec 400 Ib. safe at 60 mph (88 ft/sec) Source: Report on Orbital Debris, by Interagency Group (Space), National Security Council, February 1989.
Page 16 - uses of the station encompass a broad spectrum of research disciplines including life sciences, material sciences, astrophysics, earth sciences, planetary sciences, and commercial applications.
Page 17 - Shuttle flights starting in 1996, to get all of the elements, systems, and support equipment to low Earth orbit.
Page 25 - ... if the maneuver does not compromise either primary payload or mission objectives.
Page 8 - The natural objects are meteoroids (meteor particles), while the orbiting man-made objects — space debris — include whole and fragmentary parts of rocket bodies and other discarded equipment from space missions.
Page 9 - A 1 -centimeter man-made object travels in orbit at roughly 22,000 miles per hour. lf it hit a spacecraft, it would do about the same damage as would a 400-pound safe traveling at 60 miles per hour. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) reviews NASA's plans for protecting the space station from debris, the extent and precision of current NASA and Defense Department (DOD) debris-tracking capabilities, and the extent to which debris has already affected shuttle operations. GAO recommends that the...
Page 11 - DC; we also met with representatives of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California; the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; and the Lyndon B.

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