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If you, like me, pored over the Steve Jobs biography (or perhaps over Jobs) looking for juicy tidbits about Apple's design culture, you likely were sorely disappointed. We know plenty about Jobs' mercurial management and even about his own aesthetic sensibilities, but for a company that's so devoted to design -- heck, it even stamps "Designed by Apple in California" on its products -- we know very little about the designers behind Apple's products.


Space junk is everything from spent rocket upper-stages that measure metres across, to lost bags of tools let go by careless astronauts, to shattered Chinese satellites to flecks of paint moving at 25 times the speed of sound. Under the wrong circumstances any piece of junk could kill a perfectly good satellite or even an unlucky space-walker. How should we prevent dead satellites from adding to this dangerous cloud of debris?