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Watch: This is how space junk is creating Earth’s own ring

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 27, 2017, 3:19 pm IST
Updated Apr 27, 2017, 3:22 pm IST
More than 75,000 fragments larger than a centimetre are believed to orbit Earth
 A European Space Agency artist's impression of the debris field in low-Earth orbit (Photo: AFP)
  A European Space Agency artist's impression of the debris field in low-Earth orbit (Photo: AFP)

For decades man-made junk is cluttering up Earth’s orbit, forming a ring around the planet.

The debris orbiting around the blue planet pose threats to spaceflight and the satellites used for global communication, weather reports and navigation.

 

More than 75,000 fragments larger than a centimetre are believed to orbit Earth, and a cascading reaction is expected. Debris experts at the European Space Agency (ESA) fear a chain reaction—where objects take part into collision and fragments go on to smash into other objects creating more debris.  

Since the launch of first satellite Sputnik1 by Soviet in 1957, over 100 million pieces are estimated to be in orbit.

Space agencies like Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) had tried to pull junk out of orbit around Earth but unfortunately in early 2017 'space junk' collector ran into trouble.

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