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Global warming affects stuff in space

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Image: The most concentrated area of debris is in the region of space less than 1,240 miles (2,000 km) from Earth, known as low Earth orbit.

Dec 11, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO - Human-caused increases in carbon dioxide emissions are thinning Earth’s outer atmosphere, making it easier to keep the international space station aloft but prolonging the life of dangerous space debris, scientists said Monday.
“It’s a bit of a two-edged sword,” said Stanley Solomon, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. “In the future, it will be a little bit easier to keep the space station, for instance, in orbit. It will need a little bit less fuel.”
“On the other hand, it will give space junk a much longer lifetime,” he told the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Continue Story

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