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Space junk

Space junk

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CHRIS BUTLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CHRIS BUTLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Space junk. Conceptual artwork showing scattered debris ("space junk") in orbit around the Earth. Tens of thousands of man-made objects of different sizes and shapes are in orbit around the Earth. Only a small fraction are satellites currently in operation; the remainder include used rocket bodies, dead payloads, operational debris (such as optics covers and payload attachment hardware) and the consequence of years of payload, rocket and satellite fragmentation. This space junk is a hazard for future space missions due to the increasing probability of it impacting on newly launched satellites or spacecrafts.

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