Space Waste [infographic]

December 18, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental, Travel

Usually, the term “space exploration” or the idea of people venturing into space has been associated with innovation, education, and groundbreaking new discoveries.

While all of this is absolutely dandy, no one seems to ponder what happens too all the junk left in space from these glorious missions.

Currently, figures for this thick ribbon of “space waste” pale in comparison to the horrific masses of garbage here on Earth. It’s safe to suppose we are all very aware of that issue by now. Most of us have heard of what is now being called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch… yet no one has yet heard of Earth’s Trashy New Belt.

Not only is this another glaring example of humankind’s pension to destroy all things beautiful, but it is a relevant and very dangerous problem. Lest we forget, in space, garbage doesn’t just sit there—it hurtles around the globe at extreme speeds.

The more human-made objects whizzing around in this belt, the more likely deadly collisions become. Current as well as future missions to space will doubtlessly be affected by this lethal band of hyper-fast trash. [via]

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  • Paul Felix Schott

    ALL Should Look Up “2012 DA14″.

    could take out one of more satellites and the junk and debris from the
    hit could end up taking out many more satellites very soon after that.
    All the satellite collision probability will go way up if even one is
    hit. The velocity that the parts would go to would make them missiles
    that would start targeting a chain reaction this would not be good.

    all will be watching this one and pray it goes by us with out a hit.
    Every Scientist alive will be watching this event. Many will be in
    Florida for a very special viewing of the once in a Lifetime Event.
    Professors, Scientist, World Leaders, Ham Radio Operators and Every
    Astronomer will have its eyes on This Event, along with almost every TV
    set on Earth.

    DA14″ goes by Earth twice a year and there is no way anyone for sure
    can tell how close the second pass will be till it passes by the Moon
    and Earth and the GRAVITATIONAL FORCE effect that it will have on this
    Asteroid. They may come close but this one is already coming very close
    to begin with. Too close this time or on its second or 3rd pass? Ad a
    Meteor Shower, it might go through or bump into one of them? Or all the
    other orbital debris like Spent Rocket Boosters left in space that can
    no longer be moved by a control center on Earth.

    If a big enough
    one were to slam into the moon in the night sky you would think the sun
    was coming up early only it would be 5 to 7 times as bright. From The
    Sun’s Rays Reflection on all the Debris Field.

    Read your Bible
    While you still can,
    and May our Lord GOD Bless all that do so.
    John 14 : 6
    Luke 13 : 27
    Matthew 7 : 20 – 27

    The Lord’s Little Helper.
    Paul Felix

  • g lowell

    If we’re going to explore space, as a commercial venture, space salvage would be a good business to be in. What you salvage you keep. That would create a space based industry that would be profitable. It would be a start but a good one, one that would create other industries such as, habitat building which would start our populating of space.