Sustaining Space for the Future
March 8, 2012
How do we rely on outer space in our daily lives? This was one of the many questions U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy Frank Rose asked his American Center audience to consider during a recent visit to Hanoi.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary went on to explain to the more than 70 young people gathered, that space is actually vital to many aspects of our lives, such as weather forecasting, communications, global navigation and environmental monitoring.
He warned, however, that these important systems are threatened by increased space activity. Today, 60 nations and government consortia operate there, he said, resulting in congestion, debris and the potential for disastrous collisions or the disruption of services that we all depend on.
During the hour-long presentation that included many questions from the audience, attendees learned about ways in which the United States is working with the international community to adopt better information sharing and stricter standards such as the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities to ensure the long-term sustainability and stability of the space environment.
To read the Deputy Assistant Secretary’s remarks click here: http://www.state.gov/t/avc/rls/185413.htm.
For more information on the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities click here (PDF, 700KB).
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