Space debris

Space debris

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Credit: DAVID DUCROS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Space debris. Artwork of space debris orbiting the Earth. An Intelsat communications satellite is at upper centre. The lines represent the orbits of the debris. Such debris can range from the remains of failed launches to defunct satellites and even unsecured tools that drifted away from an orbiting spacecraft. Providing it is in a stable orbit, the debris will be a constant hazard to spacecraft and satellites. Even a small object can cause a great deal of damage at the high speeds of Earth orbits. The launch of more and more satellites has led to near-Earth space becoming increasingly crowded. Each impact spreads more junk into a growing shell of debris surrounding the Earth.

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Keywords: artwork, communications satellite, dangerous, debris, earth, globe, hazard, hazardous, illustration, intelsat, orbit, orbiting, rubbish, space, space junk, stars, world

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