Crowded planet Earth? Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s panic-mongering contention would be ridiculously funny, if their proposed genocidal solutions weren’t so ludicrously tragic.
If there’s anything crowded, it’s the space around our planet.
You can’t see it with your naked eyes, but there are so many man-made satellites circling the Earth even as you read this, it looks like a huge metropolitan garbage dump in space.
You will get a three-dimensional model of all objects orbiting our planet. It includes both satellites and the debris of those space vessels whose best-before-date has already expired. Just scroll over any of the tiny dots, and you will get the name of the artificial spatial body. Write it down and then use your favourite search engine to find out who had sent it aloft.
On several occasions, you will find out that the culprit is (and will remain for the foreseeable future) anonymous: military platforms, you know. Used either for intelligence or other similar purposes.
Why anyone would think that a combination of words such as military and intelligence is not an oxymoron is another topic for another day.
Here’s what we should remember: this filth is going to stay above us for decades, sometimes centuries, even.
Whether there exist any practical methods of either getting it to disappear or bringing it back down to Earth is not publicly known. Experience accumulated through decades of observing human idiocy seems to indicate that not many have wasted their valuable time to even think about it. Or, if they had, not many would be inclined to do so.
Sweet Hollywood-like dreams
Someone some time ago somewhere suggested to blast the bloody spatial human waste to smithereens. These people must have watched too many Hollywood productions about warfare in space.
Imagine you do manage to shoot and hit all that debris. The only result? More debris. Granted, in smaller pieces. But still in orbit.
Five years after the Soviet Union launched the (allegedly) first artificial satellite, a.k.a. Sputnik, and one year after that same Soviet Union put (again, allegedly) the first human in space (Yuri Alekseievich Gagarin), the United Nations Organisation (UNO for short) decided to put together what it calls a Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space.
Why twice allegedly in the previous paragraph? Secretive as they were, the Soviets would neither confirm nor deny reports that had appeared before October 4, 1957. These reports were based on a variety of intelligence data that claimed the Soviets sent their first satellite up before that date, during the period that they had announced was used to test their brand new ballistic missiles.
And, some intelligence data seem to confirm that the Soviets sent another human being into space before April 12, 1961, when Gagarin made his successful voyage.
In any case, this is almost ancient history today.
What is now is the fact that the UNO had seen fit to establish a Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It was supposed, as the UNO said, to discuss (verbatim from their own statement) “political, legal and technical issues concerning outer space, the evolution of international space law resulted in space object registration becoming a means of identifying which States’ bear international responsibility and liability for space objects.”
It would take the august UNO body a decade and a half to at long last negotiate and sign what it calls the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space.
The Secretary-General and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs are responsible for making sure the treaty is kept up-to-date. The data is being published regularly through the UNO Official Document System. (A check on March 22, 2021 shows that the UNO confirms its data has been last updated on March 17, 2021. Lightning speed or what?)
The UNO claims it has 86 per cent of all satellites, probes, landers, crewed spacecraft and space station flight elements launched into Earth orbit or beyond registered.
Two questions: where are the remaining 14 per cent? And: when you look at the stuffin.space independent website and compare it to the UNO data, you will have serious doubts about the official 86 per cent registered figure. What gives?
Is it comforting to know that if an asteroid the size that once rid us of dinosaurs is coming too close to our planet, it would have to hit a human-made spacecraft first, before getting down and sending us all the dinosaurs’ way?