Unbridled Space Exploration and the Problem of Space Debris: Creating a veritable junkyard in the space?





Space exploration, Space debris, International Instruments, Mitigation, Sustainable space environment


From weather reporting to tracking ecological changes, from live telecast of various events to military intelligence, satellites have become indispensable in today’s world. Consequently, exploration of Air space, Outer space and Celestial bodies has grown exponentially. More and more countries and private companies are embarking on space missions, space tourism and space mining. The lower orbit of the Earth contains about 11,500 tonnes of all space objects. The unbridled space exploration has brought with it the problem of space debris, collisions and re-entry of space objects into the Earth’s atmosphere. These have the potential of endangering life and environment on Earth. Also, future space operations would be jeopardised. There is a need to take pre-emptive steps to mitigate the problem of space debris. It is imperative to regulate space exploration so as to leave a sustainable space environment for the future generation of astronauts and astronomers. The present paper draws the attention to the problem of unbridled space exploration, analyses the efficacy of the various international instruments governing the space exploration and suggests measures to mitigate the problem of space debris.

Author Biography

Dr. Tarakeshwari D. Bulusu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India

Dr. Tarakeshwari D. Bulusu received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Commerce (Management) from University of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Later, she pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Law from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She has obtained specialisation in Criminal Law in her Master’s Programme in Law. She topped in both Bachelor’s and Master’s Programme in Law and has secured five gold medals. She has obtained the Ph.D. Degree in Law from Galgotias University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. The title of her research topic was ‘A Critical Study on Vigilantism and Criminal Justice System in India’. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, The Maharaja University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She has fifteen years’ experience in teaching and has been teaching subjects like the Indian Penal Code, Law of Evidence, Forensic Science & Criminal Psychology.


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How to Cite

Bulusu, T. D. (2024). Unbridled Space Exploration and the Problem of Space Debris: Creating a veritable junkyard in the space?. RESEARCH HUB International Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 11(2), 01–09. https://doi.org/10.53573/rhimrj.2024.v11n2.001