UK launches space diplomacy bid



Space debris - as shown in this computer generated image - is just one problem


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Space debris – as shown in this computer generated image – is just one problem

Space matters.

It might seem there are enough problems down here on earth to be getting on with. But what happens up there, where the atmosphere thins and the vacuum of space begins, affects you and me.

That’s because the thousands of satellites that orbit the earth shape our lives.

Any disruption to those satellites – through conflict or misunderstanding – could have a devastating impact on millions of people. And that’s why British diplomats are trying to see if new international rules can be agreed to keep the peace in the heavens above.

You might not realise but you have probably used space today. 

When you made a mobile phone call, a satellite may well have been used to route your call.

When you went to an ATM and withdrew some

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