On Earth, Outer Space, and Space Waste
Clogging up the Final Frontier
Catastrophically thinking, space debris’ specificity—their size, traveling speed, untraceability, and volatility—could potentially wipe out the global satellite system on which many services we have gotten accustomed to rely. Despite the dangers, there is not enough (public) awareness and a lack of concerted efforts to fund and develop clean-up operations. Who is responsible for waste in space? And should we even get rid of all this ‘waste’ or does some of it hold cultural value? What imaginaries do space and space waste encode?