Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the general debate of the 76th Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 21-27 September 2021). Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi condemned the “continued illegal US sanctions” levied against his country and demanded that “this organized crime against humanity be recorded as a symbol and reality of the so-called American human rights.” In a pre-recorded message presented today (21 Sep) to the General Assembly’s General Debate, Raisi said Justice and freedom could only be achieved when the rights of all nations are fulfilled, adding that any violation of the rights of nations would endanger global peace and security.
On 20 April 2021, ESA will host the 8th European Conference on Space Debris from Darmstadt, in Germany. Scientists, engineers, industry experts and policy makers will spend the virtual four day conference discussing the latest issues surrounding space debris. They will exchange the latest research, try to come up with solutions for potential problems and define the future direction of any necessary action. There are currently over 129 million objects larger than a millimetre in orbits around Earth. These range from inactive satellites to flakes of paint. But no matter how small the item of debris, anything travelling up to 56 000 km/h in an orbit is dangerous if it comes into contact with the many satellites that connect us around the world, be it for GPS, mobile phone data or internet connectivity. The solution is to take action before it’s too late. This is why ESA has commissioned ClearSpace-1 - the world’s first mission to remove space debris - for launch in 2025.
More than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris, or “space junk,” are tracked by the Department of Defense’s global Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensors. Much more debris -- too small to be tracked, but large enough to threaten human spaceflight and robotic missions -- exists in the near-Earth space environment.