U.S. to South Africa: Give Us Our Space Junk Back

Maybe it’s just me, but if I dumped my garbage on my neighbor’s lawn, I think I would be in a pretty lousy negotiating position to demand that he return something valuable that I accidentally tossed in there. And yet the United States is demanding that South Africa return three pieces of space debris that crashed outside Cape Town last year.

The South Africans have apparently put the debris in a museum which has been a popular attraction for children in that country. Given the state of American courts, I say we just thank our lucky stars they’re not suing us and let the South Africans keep our space junk.

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