Lots of space junk is circling our planet at high speeds


As an enthusiast for space travel, William Schonberg studies high-speed impacts that might occur in low-Earth orbit. Photo by B.A. Rupert

William Schonberg says academia is cool because you usually get to research what you’re really curious about. As chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, Schonberg, when he has time, likes to study high-speed impacts — specifically, those that could be caused by space debris.

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