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Space Junk: A Graphic Guide To Our Garbage Up There

SPACE WHERE U NK IS IT? HOW BIG IS IT? 100M pieces< 1cm (smaller than a BB bullet) 500K pieces 1 CM > 10 CM 21K pieces > 10 cm (larger than a softball) HOW MUCH IS THERE? ~14M LBS (1,000ACAN) MASS: AFRICAN` ELEPHANTS WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHAT'S UP THERE? Two incidents A selection of interesting space junk: generated a third of all catalogued orbital debris: a satellite collision A SPATULA (the Iridium-Russian satellite collision) From space shuttle IRIDIUM Columbia and one intentional explosion (Fengyun-1C). $100,00O TOOL BAG FENGYUN-1C Mislaid by astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper WHAT DOES IT DO? GENE RODDENBERRYS ASHES Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's ashes, released into space in 1992 Travels at speeds of up to -17,900 mph in low Earth orbit. Depending on the altitude of orbit, may stay in space for anywhere from a few years to more than a century. ED WHITE'S GLOVE Dropped during the WHERE DOES IT GO? first American spacewalk in 1965 FROZEN URINE COLLIDES WITH A REENTERS Until the late 2000s, most EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE astronaut pee was dumped out into space SATELLITE Every year, about 200-400 of the larger objects we can track reenter the atmosphere and fall towards Earth. Fewer than 100 of these Average impact 22,369 MPH SPEED VANGUARD I Now-derelict U.S. satellite launched in 1958; the oldest piece of space junk of debris with Speed of a bullet fired from an M16 rifle x10 any space object are big enough to survive and reach the ground. still in orbit Probability that a satellite orbiting at 497-559 miles will be hit by debris larger than 1 cm: Your odds of being hit by a piece of space junk are less than T 1 in 1 trillion. ~3 percent over 5-10 years You're 100 Million times more likely to be struck by lightning in your lifetime. World Science Festival GREATĒST CONĊENTRATION: 466-497 MILES . • · • • •• • *••• : :•• ••. • • • . MOST DEBRIS WITHIN 1.200 MILES OF

Space Junk: A Graphic Guide To Our Garbage Up There

shared by jrossman on Jul 07
Where humans go, garbage tends to follow—and space is no exception. And much like the buildup of trash on Earth, the accumulation of junk in space poses a problem for future generations. Orbital deb...


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