There’s a lot of junk floating around in space — Space debris (1961-2013)


There’s a lot of junk floating around in space — Space debris (1961-2013)


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  1. Does anyone know the distance and circumference of that large debris ring? How far is it away from Earth?

  2. More than 500,000 pieces of debris orbit the Earth. Most of the orbital debris is man-made objects that no longer serve a purpose (old satellites, rockets, and mission-related debris).

    These objects travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph. At this speed, a relatively small piece of debris —even tiny paint flecks— can do some major damage to a satellite or a spacecraft. In fact, a number of space shuttle windows have been replaced because of damage caused by flecks of paint.

    [Source](http://motherboard.vice.com/read/astronomers-want-to-blast-space-junk-by-strapping-a-laser-to-a-telescope?utm_source=mbtwitter)

  3. I’m sure I’ve seen this before. I think the last time this was posted someone made mention that the size of the objects was not to scale so it makes it look much worse.

  4. Like getting into Space isn’t hard enough. Would Shuttles actually have this debris mapped out on a flight plan so they don’t run into anything?

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