In Brief Where man goes, waste seems to follow. This sad reality is true outside of Earth as well as on it, with more than 50,000 pieces of space debris orbiting the planet. Fortunately, companies like Astroscale are getting ready to clean the space junk around Earth.
The space surrounding Earth is long overdue for spring cleaning. According to the most recent estimates from the NASA, there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris floating around the planet. To make things worse, these space junk aren’t stationary. NASA says they’re all traveling at speeds of up to 28,163 km/h (17,500 mph) as they orbit the Earth.
Because of the danger they present to satellites, spacecraft, and the International Space Station (ISS) are real — not to mention the risk to humans space debris pose when they come crashing down to the Earth’s surface — several efforts to clean them out
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