Sorting Through Our Space Junk [Infographic]

Space Junk Infographic

This infographic provides some insight into the litter we have scattered over space over the decades. Space junk, which scientists call orbital debris, poses direct threats to satellites and spacecraft. For instance, the International Space Station has to sidestep dangerous pieces of trash and satellites regularly factor in debris when deciding on a launch date. The countries that explore space are trying to find ways to clean up the mess before the clutter makes launches impossible. In the meantime, it’s helpful to know what’s up there.

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26 comments
Glen Sanders
Glen Sanders

hundreds of thousands of satellites in space and we cant get a complete 360 degree unedited view of earth? whys that huff?

Mary Hyatt
Mary Hyatt

How do you drop your glove in space I thought your skin couldn't be exposed? ??

Ahmed Nijhum
Ahmed Nijhum

Can somebody wash my ashes into some aquifer...may be that way ppl will waste less water /:

Michael Barbrie
Michael Barbrie

i want to be Flushed Down the Toilet its a lot Cheaper!,..

Spencer Chua Jun Yu
Spencer Chua Jun Yu

That gives me an idea...I would like my ashes dispersed into the upper atmosphere. \U0001f610

Michael Barbrie
Michael Barbrie

space is Dangerous enough now they have to worry about being Hit by a Screw going faster than a Bullet!. EEK"!.

Chandra Sekharan
Chandra Sekharan

And me, I thought it is only Keralites who litter the space around with garbage!!!

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