SPACE JUNK: Cleaning Up After Ourselves
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22 March 2018 State Library of Queensland

Venue

State Library of Queensland

Session Times

Cost

Adult: $30 Concession: $25 Student: $10
Robyn Williams
Moderator

Robyn Williams

Moderator

Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams is a science journalist and broadcaster resident in Australia who has hosted a variety of programs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) including Ockham's Razor and the Science...

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Melissa de Zwart
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Melissa de Zwart

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Melissa de Zwart

Melissa de Zwart has a keen interest in the intersection between law and technology. Prior to joining academia, Melissa was the Manager, Legal Services at CSIRO, where she advised on...

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Alice Gorman
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Alice Gorman

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Alice Gorman

Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. She teaches in the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Program in Adelaide, and is a Senior...

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Muriel Richard-Noca
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Muriel Richard-Noca

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Muriel Richard-Noca

Mrs Richard-Noca graduated in 1996 from the California Institute of Technology (USA) with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She worked at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 12...

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Summary

Follow international initiatives to spring clean space

Where humans have gone, rubbish has followed. Now we are leaving our unwanted footprints behind as we venture beyond Earth. ‘Space junk’, ranging from variously sized metal fragments and disused machinery to large ghost satellites past their use-by dates, is creating a growing environmental and safety problem.

One of Australia’s and the ABC’s National Living Treasures Robyn Williams and our panel of space experts will examine the current state of this extraterrestrial ‘tip’ and explore future strategies for both reducing existing levels of space junk and limiting its ecological impact into the future.

 

Information for Teachers

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