I think the story was written because it was interesting, not because "OMG, What do we do about Space Trash?! Think of the children!!".
Interesting things happen in the world, that people might like to hear about. And so people tell them.
Just because people don't die or it doesn't affect the next big Linux distro doesn't mean it's useless.
And so the point of my other posts was..... I think this story was interesting.
That was all.