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TEXAS IN DEPTH: Moriba Jah on Space Junk and Spiritual Connectedness

UT’s latest MacArthur Fellow, aerospace engineering’s Moriba Jah, discusses his work and his path to this moment

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Moriba Jah, UT astrodynamicist

Many say what goes up must come down, but Moriba Jah knows better. Space around the Earth is now littered with tens of thousands of satellite fragments that won’t come down and are moving many times the speed of a bullet. With civilization more dependent than ever on satellite technology, the crowded and chaotic orbital highways Jah studies are an urgent threat to all sorts of communications and transactions.

But space is only one facet of an even larger system with which Jah is concerned. In this interview, UT’s most recent MacArthur Fellow discusses his work, his past, and the philosophy that drives him.