19 Sep '11, 1pm

There are now more than 8,000 bits of human junk orbiting the earth #spacedebris

There are now more than 8,000 bits of human junk orbiting the earth #spacedebris

In 2009, the world’s first satellite collision occurred. Travelling at almost 18,000mph, the commercial communications satellite Iridium 33 and Russian military satellite Cosmos 2251 were obliterated, the apogee of human technological achievement transformed into detritus in the blink of an eye. The mingled fragments joined a dense layer of some 8,000 other items of manmade junk orbiting the earth – space station waste, old rocket boosters, defunct or destroyed satellites, the remnants of anti-satellite missiles that made them that way. This “space debris” has now reached tipping point, according to a report by the US National Research Council (NRC) . There is enough currently in orbit, says the report, ‘to continually collide and create even more debris’. This is the so-called Kessler Syndrome, debris begetting more debris, a chain-reaction that could potentially render o...

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