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State Department Warns Against Space Junk

State Department Warns Against Space Junk

(TRNS) – While stars shine brightly at night, the last thing an observer might think about is garbage. However, space is filled with debris, and in New York City on Oct. 28, State Department Alternate Representative Christopher Buck warned against space junk.

“Outer space is becoming increasingly congested from orbital debris and contested from human threats that endanger the space environment,” Buck told the 69th United Nations General Assembly First Committee. “Therefore, it is essential that all nations work together to preserve this domain for use by future generations.”

Buck reiterated the U.S.’s opposition to the Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects or PPWT. Buck said that the treaty did not give appropriate restrictions or definitions against weapons in space.

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October 28, 2014

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