The Air Force’s ‘Space Fence’ plan to track orbital debris is on today’s cover

Today’s cover story details the Air Force’s efforts to build an updated “Space Fence” to better keep track of all the debris in orbit above the earth, including a lonely glove that an astronaut dropped in 1965 (illustrated on the right) and a spatula that escaped from a space shuttle in 2006 (on the left).

All that orbital junk zipping around the globe can be a major threat. The Air Force hopes better tracking of the debris can warn of potential collisions with the trash, which can travel at speeds of up to 17,000 miles per hour.

Read the full story here.

Beth Marlowe is a senior editor at Express. She has written for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television and other publications.
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