HOLEY HELL Inside horrifying world of 15,000mph ‘space debris’ that can blow holes in ISS and even TRAP us on Earth
Future space exploration may be hampered by the increasing number of artificial and natural objects in Earth's orbit.
A network of sensors operated by NASA and the United States Space Force monitors the sky and all 27,000 objects in space that are larger than 10 cm.
The speed of objects in Earth's orbit is approximately 15,000 miles per hour, which is fast enough for a small piece to crash with a satellite or spacecraft and cause significant harm.
A Blue Origin engineer shared a picture of an aluminium block that was almost completely destroyed when an orbiting particle of space junk less than an ounce in weight smashed with its broadside.
According to CNET, the International Space Station (ISS) must perform one evasive manoeuvre year to avoid running into space debris.
Scientists have thought about the danger that space junk poses to both Earthly life and our aspirations of space exploration.
According to the Kessler Syndrome, Earth's orbit will eventually become so crowded that space junk would simply keep colliding, forcing mankind to put an end to space flight.
More than 2,500 Starlink satellites have been added to the disc of space debris accumulating around Earth by Elon Musk, one of space travel's most vocal supporters.
To the dismay of astronomers, SpaceX intends to launch up to 42,000 satellites into lower Earth orbit.
According to Space.com, due to the military nature of the mission, many specifics were kept under wraps. China has tested a military satellite with the aim of cleaning up space debris.
However, keen observers discovered that the Shijan-21 satellite moved an other satellite to a "graveyard" of space debris at a safe distance of 3,000 kilometres from Earth.
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