The number of satellites launched into space recently has been a problem.
But what if I told you that thousands of man-made objects are silently gliding through Earth’s orbit, posing a risk to space exploration?
These silent gliders are space junk. Here’s the dangerous truth about space junk
Learn about space junk: What is space junk?
Imagine your bedroom.
Over time, if you don’t clean it, clutter builds up – it’s like an increase in entropy.
Similarly, space has become cluttered with decommissioned satellites, used rocket stages, debris from satellite collisions, etc.
This is space junk. Recently, one company made news for their space junk with a satellite they kept launching – and they’re still launching!
Space junk population: how did we get here?
Space above us hasn’t always been a dumping ground.
In the early days, space exploration was in its infancy.
But as technology advanced, we launched more spacecraft, creating trash along the way.
More recently, there’s been talk of a cosmic catastrophe from unmanageable trash.
Along with progress came accidents.
Crashes and explosions added to the debris. Have you ever heard of Kessler syndrome?
It’s a domino effect where one collision causes another.
In modern times, it is reported that the problems caused by space debris will increase. But it’s not even being discussed.
The real dangers of space junk
Space junk isn’t just messy – it can wreak havoc that humanity may not be able to handle.
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam? Spacecraft and satellites face similar “traffic” hazards from this debris, which can lead to potential collisions.
If a collision occurs, it could be a major disruption.
Threat to astronauts
Astronauts floating through space can’t avoid debris, and even small pieces traveling at high speeds can pose a serious threat.
Just watch the movie The Martian and you’ll understand!
Concerns on the ground: Debris falling to Earth
“What goes up must come down,” right? Some of this debris reenters Earth’s atmosphere.
Most of it burns up, but some survives, posing a potential hazard to people and property.
Thanks to technology, missions can learn about potential collisions in advance.
They can adjust their trajectories to avoid these space obstacles.
But this is only a short-term solution to a growing problem.
The real problem is the space debris issue, which has yet to be legislated.
The future: solutions to the space debris problem
When you see trash, you can’t help but act.
Ideas for how to get rid of space junk are pouring in, from “space nets” to “trash-collecting satellites”.
The race is on to find the most efficient method, and we need to adopt the best ideas and create an aggressive plan of action
Preventing trash from happening in the first place is just as important as cleaning it up.
This means stricter space policies and sustainable launch practices, and legislation that sets stricter, more benchmarked standards that make space debris less likely to occur.
Conclusion : A call to action for space cleanliness
If Earth is our home, then space is our backyard.
Just as you wouldn’t litter at home, you should act responsibly in space.
Understanding the real dangers of space debris is just the beginning.
We don’t have a major space debris issue yet, but gradually the disruption and danger of space debris will threaten our humanity.
Frequently asked questions
What exactly is space debris?
Space junk is a generic term for man-made objects that have been lost from Earth’s orbit, such as old satellites, spent rocket stages, and crash debris.
How dangerous can small pieces of space junk be?
Very dangerous. Even small pieces of debris can damage satellites and threaten astronauts if they are traveling at high speeds.
Is there a way to remove space debris?
Several concepts are being studied, such as space nets or trash collection satellites, but no solutions are yet viable on a large scale.
How do missions avoid trash collisions?
By adjusting their orbits based on data about potential trash paths, effectively “avoiding” the trash.
Why is space cleanliness important?
To ensure the safety of future space missions, satellites, and astronauts, and to protect the space environment for future generations.