Space junk map tracks 'ticking time bombs'

Space junk is becoming a growing problem as more satellites and rockets are released into orbit

A space junk map shows '200 ticking time bombs' in orbit around the Earth. The huge pieces of space debris are large rocket bodies which have the potential to break into thousands of pieces as shown on Astria Graph, a map which shows where each human-made object is located in space. The map funded by the US government, is tracking more than 26,000 objects floating around space.


They vary in size from a smartphone to the Space Station. Around 3,500 of these are working satellites - but everything else is junk.


There are also around 200 of “super-spreader” events they belong to at least three countries. These are “large rocket bodies that have been up there for decades that are pretty much ticking time bombs”. At some point they will either explode or something will hit them and they will become many tens of thousands of pieces.”


Space junk is becoming a growing problem as more satellites and rockets are released into orbit .It moves very fast and can reach speeds of 18,000 miles per hours -nearly seven times faster than a bullet.


It can include pieces of space craft, defunct satellites, and parts of rockets and tiny specks of paint.

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