Got Space Junk? Regulate It!: DNews Nuggets

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Europe Regulates Space: Yes, you heard correctly, more regulation. On Wednesday, the European Union announced its updated “International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.”

In a world where multiple nations and multiple companies vie for a bit of space action, the EU maintains a framework so that there is some semblance of extraterrestrial traffic laws for rockets and spaceships to abide by. High on the list of regulatory concerns is the specter of space junk — the stuff that, if left unchecked, could puncture a spacesuit and give an astronaut some serious decompression blues. Although space activities are all the rage, so is the orbital littering problem, so the EU is hoping some good old fashioned red tape might help. via Space Travel

In a world where multiple nations and multiple companies vie for a bit of space action, the EU maintains a framework so that there is some semblance of extraterrestrial traffic laws for rockets and spaceships to abide by. High on the list of regulatory concerns is the specter of space junk — the stuff that, if left unchecked, could puncture a spacesuit and give an astronaut some serious decompression blues. Although space activities are all the rage, so is the orbital littering problem, so the EU is hoping some good old fashioned red tape might help. via Space Travel

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