Space Junk

Space Junk Orbiting the Earth
Animation courtesy of
The Aerospace Corporation

Houston, we have a problem! ! There may be over a million pieces of currently orbiting the Earth. However, all but 9,000 of these are smaller than a tennis ball.

Space is now polluted with the flotsam and jetsam of a satellite-dependent civilization. The rubbish is increasingly a hazard for human spaceflight and has put important equipment such as the Hubble Space Telescope and communications satellites at risk of being struck by an object moving at hypervelocity.

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