Dana Arabiyat, a 15-year-old Jordanian student had to create a science project for her school’s science fair. And what Dana created was so surprisingly innovative she was able to present the details of her research project at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this month. Created by the Society for Science and the Public, which also publishes Science News for Students, the event brought 1,702 student project finalists from more than 70 countries to Pittsburgh, Pennylsvania this May.
15-year-old Dana attends the Al-Ridwan School in Amman, and her research shows just how much debris is floating around space, orbiting Earth. Dana’s research found that there is around 20,000 bits of these debris is the size of a tennis ball, with some much, much larger, floating around the Earth. Though most of these bits are too small to detect from Earth, there are approximately 100 million bits of debris that orbit our planet. Dana’s science project is an innovative satellite that was designed specifically to collect this space debris and then properly dispose of it, making our atmosphere a much cleaner one. She reports that these space debris could be potentially dangerous, as the larger pieces could potentially collide with a satellite or the International Space Station.
Dana’s satellite will be able to collect bits of debris up to 50 centimeters (about 20 inches) across. If engineers wanted to catch larger bits of space junk, they could build a version of her design with a larger door. But that might also require a far stronger trash bin. That’s because the bigger the junk, the more damage it could do to the container as it’s caught.
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