NASA Releases Space Junk iBook About Orbital Debris Management & Risk Mitigation

This is pretty cool, the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) has released a free iBook and ebook PDF about space junk. This is the official page for the NASA Orbital Debris and Risk Mitigation iBook on the NASA website.

The NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL) is excited to announce the public release of Orbital Debris Management and Risk Mitigation, its first publication of NASA training materials using the iBook format.

Otherwise known as orbital debris, space junk can damage spacecraft while on missions and poses safety threats to astronauts.

The picture below shows the amount of junk orbiting planet Earth in 2010.

Orbital Debris 1960-2010

NASA has added photos and videos to the iBook to explain how orbital debris is created and to describe what is being done by the space agency to reduce the chances of generating more trash in space. Here’s a great set of photos of Orbital Debris and Risk Mitigation from flickr, these are all of the images and videos in the iBook.

Orbital Debris Damage

The book weaves together an interactive story about the increase of space debris by incorporating 3D views of the International Space Station, images of debris damage, interactive timelines, and photos of junk that has fallen to Earth. The iBook does a great job showing a historical perspective of NASA regulations and American policies implemented to slow the growth of  debris in space and minimize the risks it poses for future space missions.

NASA Orbital Debris iBook

It’s with extreme pride that I can say I know most of the team that developed this book. They’ve worked diligently to produce a beautiful interactive experience about unique NASA data. Kudos to the entire team.

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity, there has been no greater influence set upon the planet than the Europeans, We have achieved pollution of the land and oceans and now are achieving a rubbish dump of not only the land and oceans but the orbit above, thus apart from history of human abominations alike the slave trade and European first & second world wars, in this century we seem to desire the disruption of each system that allows us to breath and live, the term man made never meant so much, and many believe the only thing that will stop us will be nature.
    But there is a way to reverse our folly, for if most of the material in orbit is metal, then a satellite or recovery platform similar that is magnetic would link all the rubbish to it until the weight of objects would descend its orbit until gravity burnt to atoms all gathered metal rubbish
    but without any profit other than survival, for you cannot destroy the universe only this planet by adding space rubbish until reflection heightens the suns energy, but as more material is added to the man made orbiting rubbish dump the reverse process then applies, of less energy from the sun reaching the planets surface, thus are switched off each recovery, thus from the earliest
    efforts of killing people that lead to destroying landscapes we eventually will have achieved our goal of destroying all created and the planet as if a cancer, for only a cancer destroys the host that keeps it alive, And our culture is many times less than those of the ole world of only 300 years from the age of adventure Spanish and sail the heathen lands, but you should realize that
    no other culture or race has created death of so much and many other than ourselves the European, not the Chinese or Asians Aboriginal or Arabs Eskimo or another, only ourselves the European.

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