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Simulation of the GEO environment with mitigation measures (top) and without (bottom) - 2005
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- Title Simulation of the GEO environment with mitigation measures (top) and without (bottom) - 2005
- Released 10/04/2008 4:27 pm
- Copyright ESA
It is crucial to that we start immediately to implement mitigation measures. This image shows a simulation of the future GEO environment in the case when no measures are taken; this is the "business-as-usual" scenario. In the top panel, with mitigation measures, a much cleaner space environment can be observed, if the number of explosions is reduced drastically, and if no mission-related objects are ejected. However, to stop the ever-increasing amount of debris, more ambitious mitigation measures must be taken. In the long run, spacecraft and rocket stages have to be returned to Earth after completion of their mission.