Space Junk may have a future
Morning host Peter Butler heads into space to discover the best use of all that space junk orbiting the earth.
A pair of Darwin artists is proposing a creative and useful solution to the problem of space junk orbiting the Earth.
A Charles Darwin University PhD candidate will tell an international conference this month that the huge volume of space debris could be transformed into cloud-like sculptures to shade an overheated planet.
Isadora Mack will present a paper, jointly written with CDU Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Dr Ioannis Michaloudis, at the International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change in Bangkok this month.
Dr Michaloudis said Isadora would be the only artist to speak at the science-focused conference.
“Artists have a broad imagination that could be used to create alternative solutions to scientific problems,” he said.
“We offer the mythology while the scientists offer the methodology.”
He said the paper proposed to use space technology, known as “silica aerogel”, to gather the space debris before placing it over parts of the world that were most exposed to the sun.