The push for a space code of conduct

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Jan. 17 that the United States, the European Union and other nations are hard at work developing an "International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities" to maintain the safety and security of space operations and the responsible use of space, reports Philip Ewing at DOD Buzz.

In a nutshell, space is at risk from space debris and irresponsible actors, the online journal states. There's a lot at stake in protecting space for the United States and its allies, which use satellites for such key national defense efforts as military intelligence and satellite communications.

No word yet on how China -- another major user of space -- feels about all of this, DOD Buzz said.

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