Web edition: February 11, 2011
Print edition: February 26, 2011; Vol.179 #5 (p. 4)
TRAFFIC CONGESTION SEEN AS FUTURE SPACE PROBLEM— Traffic congestion may be one of the most serious problems man may have to face when he starts commuting regularly from earth to outer space. This new frontier gradually is becoming cluttered with earth-launched orbiting vehicles and other debris.… [A]stronomical observatories, weather, TV and other communication satellites as well as the larger economy-sized USSR spacecraft to be boosted upward in the future also promise to diminish the wide open look that has up to now characterized outer space. Control over the amount of traffic plus the travel routes will depend on international agreement. United States space scientists already are worrying about this problem.