WORLD - 30,000 Objects Hurtling Through Space

Arno Froese

Nearly 70 years after the launch of Sputnik, there are so many machines flying through space, astronomers worry their light pollution will soon make it impossible to study other galaxies with terrestrial telescopes. 

“We can see the fingerprint of human space traffic on stratospheric aerosol,” said Troy Thornberry, a research physicist at NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory. “Adding a lot of material to the stratosphere that was never there before is something that we’re considering, as well as the sheer mass of material that we put into space.” 

More than 300 commercial and government entities have announced plans to launch a staggering 478,000 satellites by 2030, but that number is likely inflated by hype.

“Ten years ago, people thought that our founder was crazy for even talking about space debris,” Ron Lopez told CNN while strolling past the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. “Now you can’t go to a space conference without a panel or a series of talks on space sustainability and the debris issue.”

Lopez admits that they are a long way from flying garbage trucks, orbiting recycling centers and a “circular economy in space,” but in 2022, Astroscale used a satellite with a strong magnet to catch a moving target launched in the same 3-year mission.

But with a pollution crisis now painfully evident on land, at sea and now in space, one of the most symbolic launches since Sputnik is scheduled for this summer, when scientists from Japan and NASA launch the world’s first biodegradable satellite, made mostly of wood. 

-www.cnn.com, 21 February 2024

Arno's Commentary

Two items to mention: 1) even thirty billion objects in space would not seriously interfere with the global climate; and 2) man’s so-called space travel foreshadows the fulfillment of the intention of Lucifer: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north” (Isiaah 14:13). That, we believe, is the motivating spirit behind so-called space travel or exploration.

Besides, the International Space Station, for example, is a mere 410 km (254 miles) from the surface of the earth. Compare that to the earth’s diameter, 12,714 km (7,917 miles).

What the Russian Sputnik satellite initiated some 70 years ago, is now being followed by the rest of the world. Yet in the end, all will fail because Psalm 115:16 declares: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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