Today, you are a member of … Space Junk
This week, Members, we can celebrate the oddity of space junk. In 1974 this week, the first US geosynchronous telecommunications satellite got foisted into orbit by Western Union, Hughes Aircraft, and NASA. Is was retired in the 1980s, but it’s probably still floating around there in the deep debris cloud that our insatiable need for non-terrestrial telephone options hath wrought. Also this week, sculpture John Chamberlain would have turned 91. His brand of scrap metal juxtaposition made him the abstract expressionist king of space junk. So this week, whether your cast-offs are functional, artistic, or garbage, know that definitions change so often, it’s reliable to say “probably all three.” Regardless, whatever you space junk efforts, they’ll be around for a while.