Space Junk Annotated Bibliography

Copyright 2001 by David Hicks

1. Associated Press: "Space Junk so Prolific that radar will track Debris." Seattle (March 26, 1998). Accessed March 6, 2001. Available from  The Seattle Times article thorough and in-depth.

2. Camhi, Elaine. "Taking a Step Back." Aerospace America, 38, no. 1 (January 2000): Editorial The Editor of Aerospace America adds an excellent perspective on NASA.

3. Hayhurst, Chris. "Garbage In Orbit: debris from 40 years of space exploration presents a thorny disposal problem." E 7, no. 2 (March-April, 1996): 14-16. My most used source. In-depth, refereed journal.

4. Kan, Wendy. "Planet Watch." Time International 154, no. 1, (July 12, 1999): 13 This is a good source of facts.

5. Kennedy Space Center. "Launching A Vision" Updated March 5, 2001; accessed March 6, 2001. Available from  Can you get any closer to the space problem than NASA? No. Great resource.

6. Maurer, Richard and WGBH (Television Station: Boston Mass.), Junk In Space, New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1989  Excellent book for teaching the ABC's of space debris.

7. Mullins, Justin. "A clean sweep." New Scientist 167, (August 19, 2000): 11
Good little piece presented on the "laser broom."

8. Olsen, Steve. "The Danger of Space Junk"  The Atlantic Monthly Online, 282, no. 1 (1998). accessed March 6, 2001 Available from  This article is a quality magazine resource.

9. Rathje, W.L. "The Archaeology of Space Garbage."  Discovering Archaeology, 5 September/October 1999. Also: Ailor, William. "Controlling Space Traffic" Aerospace America, 37 (November 1999): 34-39.  Duplicate pieces of information were found throughout research. Implies accuracy. Both articles were beneficial.

10. Williamson, Ray A. "The Growing Hazard of Orbiting Debris."   Issues in Science and Technology 8, no.1 (Fall 1991): 77-82.  More interesting facts are presented here.