Good Morning, God!
I must say, 10 million pieces of space junk orbiting Earth does seem like a lot. Whatever the number — the junk is extensive enough, now, so that it could disrupt valuable satellites and services.
Year by year, God, stuff builds up! Junk is HARD to get rid of, in Space, in our Homes, and in our Hearts.
As for the Junk in Space — Japan has a Plan. They are putting a wire net up in orbit to catch debris. They are partnering with Nitto Seimo, the company that created knotless fishing nets in 1925. The article in SpaceMart says that “The space net would consist of three layered metal threads, each measuring 1mm diameter (0.03 inch) and intertwined with fibers as thin as human hair.” The net would be about a mile long and the idea is that “as it collects debris the net would become electrically charged and be attracted back to earth by the planet’s magnetic field, causing the net and its contents to safely burn up in the atmosphere.”
It sounds so easy and cleaver, God. But, I confess, just as lost fishing nets entangle ocean creatures, I worry about “lost space nets” doing more damage than the junk they are intended to capture. Unintended consequences proliferate even faster than junk.
And, God, that leads me back to the Invisible Emotional Junk orbiting our Hearts. I was talking with a friend yesterday morning about the difficulties of processing grief. Traumas, Fears, Sorrows all wait — wait years — for us to face them and begin to process them. And, worse even than Space Junk, that Emotional Junk disrupts communication and services. Maybe, God, we need Prayer Nets?