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Science & Water

Satellites reveal major loss of Southwest groundwater

SAN FRANCISCO – Groundwater losses from the Colorado River Basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states, including New Mexico, and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites.

A computer-generated graphic provided by NASA shows the positions of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Space junk has made such a mess of Earth’s orbit that experts say we may need to think about cleaning it up.  More than 23,000 items have been cataloged that are bigger than a basketball, but only 1,100 are functioning spacecraft. (AP Photo/NASA)

Junk orbiting Earth reaching dangerous proportions

Lockheed’s ‘Space Fence’ surveillance system to track cosmic debris that could endanger the International Space Station, satellites that are fundamental to the economy, military and our way of life