After marathon teleconferences which took place over a two-day period involving participants in Uzbeckistan, New York, Shanghai, California, Florida and Malaysia, the Scientific Advisory Committee voted to approve Chairman Resnick’s proposal to engage young people in the Space Debris Cleanup Project launched on February 12, 2014 and approved the stipend provided for the Scholarship Challenge. After nearly 20 hours of discussion the Committee formed consensus that young people from all parts of the world must be given the opportunity to learn how to care for the Earth, the environment and the atmosphere. All members agreed that direct engagement and involvement of interested youth should be facilitated.
Dr. Murad Ismailov said, “We must engage the young people, the children. We must teach them about this problem and we must show them how to ‘fix it’ while we are still here on the earth”. Resnick agreed stating, “I agree, wholeheartedly with Dr. Ismailov. An atmosphere free from debris will be our Legacy to the children of the earth”. The Committee believes that one of the fundamental causes of the global weather anomalies (some call this 'global warming' or 'climate change') is both directly, and indirectly, attributable to the presence of hundreds of tons of 'space debris' being present in both high earth orbit (HEO) and low earth orbit (LEO) that is literally 'choking' the earth's atmosphere. Dr. Resnick has ascribed the phenomenon with the term, "Global Shading" in a paper to be presented at the 3rd International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management jointly organized by the United Nations, Moroco and the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. Resnick said, “To get an idea of what "Global Shading" is, stand under a leafy tree on a sunny day...you'll understand the basic tenet of this phenomenon. The same thing is happening to the earth...but on a much larger scale. There are tons and tons of debris, pieces of spent rocket ships, pieces of large and small communication satellites that have collided and scattered debris in a region of the earth’s atmosphere in which some of the pieces and particles, pieces of metal and cindered electronic components, could remain in a state of perpetual orbit (in an area 85km to 10,00km above the earth's surface) for hundreds of years”. Resnick said that if all the pieces of space debris were pieced together the total area covered would be about 3.5 million square miles, or an area roughly the size of the surface land area of Brazil.
The Committee voted to initiate a short-term project during which students ages 8 years and above would have the opportunity to submit hand-sketched or electronically-
To enter RMANNCO's 'Space Debris Collection Module Scholarship Competition' entrants must provide Name/Age with the approval of parents, or teachers, or professors. Entrants must be at least 8 years of age must be a student enrolled in any school program including Home-Schoolers.
For details on how to enter the scholarship competition visit RMANNCO’s Space Debris Cleanup Module Scholarship Design Challenge page at www.rmannco.com/