July 16, 2021
One of the world’s favorite billionaires, Richard Branson, recently returned from space. During his suborbital flight, pilots, along with their other responsibilities, had to be aware of space trash they might encounter. There are an estimated 23,000 pieces, some no larger than a softball, able to damage spacecraft.
That number is small compared to the trash on Earth.
When I was growing up on First Street, there were private trash haulers, including Brewer, Temple, Beagley and Altizer. Trash of all kind was hauled north of the square and piled on the riverbank to be burned. My dad and I...