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View Full Version : Global Warming Could Be Risky for Satellites Too



Fraser
2005-Sep-09, 06:37 AM
SUMMARY: Since they're orbiting hundreds of kilometres above the Earth's surface, satellites should be safe from climate change, right? Well... maybe not. According to researchers from the University of Southampton, rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is actually decreasing the density of the thermosphere (where low-Earth orbiting satellites and the International Space Station are traveling). This will allow space debris in this region to orbit more quickly, and impact satellites and space stations more frequently.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/global_warming_risky_satellites.html)
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