Under the Microscope: Space Junk and Record-Breaking Harvest

Oct 17, 2014

On this week's Under the Microscope, we take a look at the junk we have left in space and a record-breaking harvest of corn and soybeans. 

Space debris probably isn’t at the top of your list of day-to-day concerns. But the junk we've left floating around in space can collide with satellites and anything else in what's known as “low Earth orbit” ― 

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  including the International Space Station. Missouri University of Science and Technology engineering professor William Schonberg has been studying space debris for about 25 years. 

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra talked trash with Schonberg, space trash that is, and asked him what, exactly, is out there….and how much there is.

Farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media explains