DewJunkie: Woudn't it make more sense to drop them on the moon, that way if we ever decide to do something there, there will be some raw materials to scavange?
digitalrain: I get that space is a premium on the ISS but I also have a problem with just jettisoning crap thatthey don't want anymore into space. Yes, space seems infinite to us right now so we might think"what's a little space debris here or there? there's still plenty of room". Folks thought that wayabout Earth for the longest time and just look at all the crap and waste humans leave lying abouton it.I'm not a tree hugging uber environmentalist or anything (nttiawwt) but it just seems...wrong...touse space as a farking trashcan. And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for justabout as long as we've had men up in space. Doesn't make it any more palatable.
Firethorn: If it wasn't for the orbit being one that needs frequent adjustment, I'd be for storing all the waste up there and eventually building/sending up industrial equipment, possibly starting with a 'solar forge' that would allow astronauts to melt and reshape metals into shielding, if nothing else. Metals aren't ideal for shielding(it gets complicated), but the idea is that eventually all you really need to launch is the astronauts themselves, you have hydroponics to keep them fed, full recycling, etc...
Jacob_Roberson: Who cares? They dropped Mir into the atmosphere to let it burn up, and Mir was the first space station. Ever.
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